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Wage Board Award will be implemented, says Sherry

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Sherry Rehman on Monday assured the National Assembly that the government would implement Wage Board Award for journalists through a trilateral commission comprising officials of information and labour ministries and representatives of press.

Speaking in the House on the suicide of an employee of a private TV channel after non-payment of wages, the minister said the government would fulfill all its commitments with regard to the implementation of wage award.

“I assure the journalists on the floor of the house that the Wage Board Award will be implemented through a tri-lateral commission,” the minister said. She expressed concern over non-payment of salaries by some private channels to their employees and said that the government was in contact with them to ensure that they pay wages to their workers.

Boycott: Earlier, journalists boycotted the house proceedings on non-payment of wages by a private TV journalist to its employee forcing him to commit suicide.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Samsam Bukhari and Parliamentary Secretary for Information Azeem Doltana assured journalists that those found responsible for the suicide of journalist would be held accountable. After the minister’s assurance, journalists ended their boycott.

Meanwhile, talking to mediapersons at Parliament House, Rehman said that the government, the opposition and the masses were united on the issue of national security and nobody would be allowed to use Pakistani territory for terrorism in any country.

She said it’s time to adopt a joint strategy for defence of the country, adding that the country’s defence was the top priority of the government and in this regard it had taken all political parties into confidence. She lauded the role of Pakistani media after the Mumbai blasts.
Source: Daily Times
Date:12/16/2008