Statement of IJU leaders on SC stay on Wage Board implementation

Hyderabad : The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) condemned the Government of India for its failure to supply a copy of the Report of the Justice Majithia Wage Board for working journalists and other newspaper employees to the Anand Bazar Patrika (ABP) Group based at Kolkata, leading to the grant of two week stay on its implementation by the Supreme Court on Monday.

In a statement issued here, the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) Secretary-General K Sreenivas Reddy, President- elect S N Sinha and Secretary-General-elect Devulapalli Amar said the apex court at its hearing in May last refused to stay the implantation of the Wage Board recommendations but asked the Government of India to supply a copy of the Wage Board report to the petitioner.

“The Government of India with an ulterior motive of helping the cause of the newspaper managements did not supply a copy of the report to the ABP group. When the petitioner again approached the Supreme Court  Monday, it granted stay for two weeks. We hold the Government of India solely responsible for the stay on implementation of the Wage Board recommendations,” they added.

The IJU leaders called on the organizations of working journalists and other newspaper and news agency employees to unitedly raise their voice against the machinations of the Government of India and force it to approach the apex court to vacate its stay in the next two weeks and notify the recommendations of the wage board without any further loss of time.

K Amarnath


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