NA body for pursuance of wage award case -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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NA body for pursuance of wage award case

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has directed the Ministry of Information and Labour and Manpower to actively pursue the 7th Wage Board Award case, which is pending before the Sindh High Court since 2004.

The committee gave the directions in its meeting on Friday at the Parliament House, which was held under the chairmanship of National Assembly member Belum Hussnain. The committee observed that the 7th Wage Board Award, which was notified in year 2001, had not been implemented after a lapse of ten years.

“The non-implementation of the wage award has deprived journalists and other staff working in newspapers of their due wages and better working conditions,” committee members said.

Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira informed the committee that the government was committed to the freedom of the media and had taken practical steps for the betterment of journalists.

He assured the committee that government would pursue the Wage Board Award case in the Sindh High Court, so that journalists got their due wages and other benefits.

The standing committee expressed its concerns over the unethical and obscene advertisements and programmes being aired on cable TV network and certain TV channels.

It urged the ministry to strictly observe the code of ethics to curb the telecast of objectionable content. Kaira agreed with the observation of the committee and said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had devised a strict monitoring system to check the telecast of such content, adding that a committee had been formed to address the problem.
Source: Daily Times
Date:7/17/2010