Media orgs object to cabinet decision

  • journos’ wage
- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 7, 2016-

Nepal Media Society (NMS), Broadcasting Association of Nepal (BAN) and Radio Broadcasters Forum (RBF) on Friday said that they were dismayed by government decision on minimum salary of working journalists.

A Cabinet meeting on Thursday had decided to fix the minimum salary of working journalists at Rs 19,500. 

Issuing a joint press statement on Friday, NMS, BAN and RBF called on the government to revise its “unilateral decision”. They have also urged the government to take a decision on the matter through broader consultations among all the stakeholders.

“After the promulgation of the new constitution, the role of media in this transition period becomes even more important. In such situation, efforts to weaken the media industry, which faced a major setback in the aftermath of the earthquake and blockade, on one pretext or the other would but complicate the matter further, especially at a time of constitution implementation,” read the joint statement signed by NMS Chairman Pushkarlal Shrestha, BAN Chairman Gopal Jha and RBF Chairman RK Shrestha.

“Discussions on the matter were being held between Minister for Information and Communication Technology Sherdhan Rai, media houses and stakeholders,” said the statement. “The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in its press statement on April 25 had stated that consultations with media organisations on minimum wages were on. A commitment to reach an early agreement too was made then. But a Cabinet decision on the minimum salary of journalists at a time when the communication minister is out of the country has but left us shocked,” added the statement. Minister Rai is currently in Europe. 

Published: 07-05-2016 08:25

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