Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mediapersons hold dharna for wage board notification

New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) Several political parties today pledged their support to journalists and non-journalists who observed a day-long dharna across the country to protest "delay" in notification of wage boards for them and promised to raise the issue in Parliament.
Senior leaders of BJP, 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 dharna was organised by the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees'' Organisations (CNNAEO).
Addressing the protesters, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said the government has no political will to implement the recommendations of the wage board it has constituted. He said his party will raise their demands in the Parliament during the monsoon session.
CPI(M)''s Tapan Sen and Nilotpal Basu echoed his views.
CPI National Secretary D Raja said the UPA dispensation was not sticking to its commitment and that his party will be with the protesters in "difficult times".
Ruling Congress MP from Kishanganj Maulana Ashrarul Haq justified the demand of journalists and non-journalists for salary hike and promised to raise the issue in Parliament.
Major trade unions including CITU, AICCTU, Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh and Hind Majdoor Sangh supported the stir.
Mediapersons held dharna in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Mizoram, Goa, Chennai, Kerala, Karnataka, Lucknow, Dehradun, Jaipur and Chandigarh.
CNNAEO General Secretary M S Yadav warned the government that if the Majithia wage boards recommendations were not notified in another 10 days, media workers would intensify their agitation across the country. .

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