NEW DELHI, July 1 � Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today gave a patient hearing to the newspapers and news agency employees� representatives who urged the government for early implementation of the wage boards recommendations.
�I will do my duty,� Singh told the representatives of the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees� Organisations (CNNAEO) when the delegation requested that a decision on the recommendations pending before his government is not delayed any further, a member of the delegation said after meeting the Prime Minister.
Justice Majithia Wageboards had submitted its report to the government on December 31, 2010 recommending a wage increase that amounts to a mere 3.5 per cent addition to the present wage burden on the organisations, a representative of the Confederation said.
After meeting the Prime Minister, Confederation general secretary MS Yadav said, �The Prime Minister discussed the issue with the representatives for half-an-hour and assured a positive response.�
�We have given the detailed data regarding the prosperity of the newspapers and miniscule burden that the wage boards implementation will accrue,� he said.
Yadav said the Confederation representatives apprised the PM of the �difficulties� faced by journalists and non- journalists across the country due to �delay� in notification of the Majithia wage boards.
�We told the PM that prices of essential commodities have gone skyhigh... The media persons are eagerly waiting for the wage revision to meet the challenge of daily needs,� he said.
The CNNAEO representatives told the PM that some �vested interests� were spreading �falsehoods� to deprive the workers of media organisations from getting a �genuine� hike in their salary, he said.
Agitated over the �delay� in notification of Majithia wage boards recommendations, media persons of newspapers and news agencies had staged dharnas across the country on Tuesday last.
Several leaders including those from Congress, BJP, CPI, CPM and JD(U) pledged support to the demands of the media persons and promised to raise the issue in Parliament during the coming monsoon session.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, his party MP Shivanand Tiwari, CPI national secretary D Raja, CPM leaders Tapan Sen and Nilotpal Basu addressed the agitating work force of media organisations at Jantar Mantar on June 28. � PTI