9th wage board award to be announced soon: Quader
Published : Monday, 17 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 721
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the government will announce the 9th Wage Board Award for journalists and employees of newspapers and news agencies soon in consultation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He said this while briefing reporters after a meeting between the Cabinet Committee on the 9th Wage Board and stakeholders at the Information Ministry conference room at the Secretariat in the capital. The stakeholders included journalists, employees, Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) and Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP).
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, State Minister for Information Md Murad Hasan, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid Hasan and Information Secretary Abdul Malek attended the meeting.
NOAB president Motiur Rahman and vice president AK Azad and BSP general secretary Kibria Chowdhury represented the newspaper owners.
The Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury also Former president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) attended the meeting on special invitation.
BFUJ president Molla Jalal, general secretary Shaban Mahmud, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) president Abu Zafar Surja and general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury represented the journalists. Press Sramik Federation president Alamgir Hossain Khan and general secretary Mohammad Kamaluddin, Newspaper Employees Federation president Motiur Rahman Talukdar and general secretary Khairul Islam, among others, were present.
Obaidul Quader, the Convener of the Cabinet Committee, said, "We don't want to keep this issue stalled for long. We have reached nearly the final stage. The Cabinet Committee will sit now and the Wage Board Award will be declared soon after consultation with the Prime Minister."
Quader said, "Everyone shared opinions with us. We listened to them. And there is no need to waste more time on this issue."
"We discussed it with the stakeholders for a long time and this was our last meeting with them," he added.