Justice Raza Khan made chairman of 8th Wage Board Award: spokesperson
ISLAMABAD: The government is committed to resolving all the issues faced by the media workers and their demands are addressed on priority basis, said a spokesperson of the Federal Government here on Thursday.
He said there is considerable progress towards meeting the demands put forth by the representative bodies—Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (Apnec). The demand for the appointment of Wage Board chairman is accomplished as Justice (R) Raza Khan has been notified (dated 5th June 2014) on the post, added the spokesperson.
The spokesperson stated this after a delegation, comprising Afzal Butt President PFUJ, Ikram Bokhari Secretary General APNEC, Bilal Dar Secretary RIUJ, Tariq Ch Secretary National Press Club, held a meeting with Senator Pervaiz Rashid Minister for Information Broadcasting & National Heritage here at the ministry. Shamsul Islam Naz, Qurban Satti and Nasir Hashmi were also included in the delegation.
The spokesperson said that the Ministry of Information Broadcasting & National Heritage has made it compulsory for all publications to enrol their employees with Employees Oldage Benefit Institute (EOBI) for mandatory insurance of all employees.
This positive step has widely been lauded by all associations and bodies working for the welfare of media workers, he added.
A summary for appointment of chairman Implementation Tribunal for Newspapers Employees (ITNE) has already been sent to the Prime Minister and a decision in this regard would be announced in the next 48 hours, added the spokesperson. He said that the Punjab Government has already established an endowment fund for the welfare of journalistic community.
The media persons who are injured while performing their professional duties would be helped through this fund. Educational marriages and other expenses for children and families of the martyred journalists would also be met through this fund. The spokesperson concluded that the government would take all possible steps for the welfare and well being of media workers.