GUWAHATI, June 28 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today assured a delegation of the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees� Organisations and Assam Tribune Employees� Union (ATEU) today that the State Government would request the Central Government to ensure early notification of the GR Majithia Wage Boards� Recommendations.
The Chief Minister also assured the delegation that he would urge the owners of the newspapers in the State to implement the wage boards� recommendations, said an official press release.
The delegation of the Confederation and ATEU had submitted separate memorandums to the Chief Minister seeking his intervention for notification of the wage boards� recommendations for the benefit of the journalist and non-journalist employees of the newspapers and news agencies.
Earlier, the ATEU staged a dharna in front of the Assam Tribune office as part of the all-India agitation on the issue of notifying the Majithia Wage Boards� Recommendations.
The Journalists� Union of Assam, the Assam Union of Working Journalists, Working Journalists� (Sub-editors) Association, PTI and UNI Employees� Associations jointly organised a dharna on the campus of the Guwahati Press Club, as part of the countrywide programme and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro).
PTI adds from New Delhi: Political parties today pledged their support to journalists and non-journalists demanding implementation of the recommendations of Majithia Wage Board promising to raise the issue in Parliament in the coming Monsoon session.
Senior leaders of CPI(M), CPI and JD(U) alleged that the government was �dithering� on the issue as they want to serve the interests of corporate houses while leaving journalists to fend for themselves.
The leaders were addressing a protest at the Jantar Mantar organised by Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees� Organisations (CNNAEO), which has Federation of PTI Employees� Unions, UNI Workers� Union, All India Newspaper Employees� Federation, Indian Journalists� Union and National Union of Journalists (I) as its affiliates.
The employees were on a day-long dharna in support of their demands.
Addressing the protesters, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav alleged the government has no political will to implement the recommendations of the wage boards it constituted.
�We will raise your demands in the Parliament. We will ask the government why they are not implementing their own commitment. We will put pressure on them,� Yadav said.