Skip to content Skip to navigation

JFA welcomes SC directive, appeals media managements to obey the verdict

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) welcomes the Supreme Court’s ruling on 19 June 2017 in favour of newspaper & news agency employees in the Majithia Wage Board dispute and the forum fervently appeals to the concerned media managements to obey the direction. The scribe’s body argues that the managements must not linger on the implementation of Majithia board award for the benefit of journalists & non-journalist media employees for more years. Otherwise, it would only degrade the print media as an institution slowly slipping down to the group of law- evaders in the country, it added.

It may be noted that the apex court’s vacation bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Navin Sinha passed the order directing the newspaper owners to pay their employees according to the wages as revised/determined by the Majithia board since 11 November 2011 without differentiating between the permanent (full-time) and contractual employees in their establishments. Directing the media house owners to implement the Majithia board award in full without citing the reason of fund crisis, the bench observed that it would be another opportunity for honouring the award in its proper spirit.

The Majithia Wage Board was constituted by the Union labour ministry in 2007 despite oppositions from most of the newspaper houses in the country. The Union cabinet accepted the recommendations of the wage board four years back and the Gazette notification was published on 11 November 2011. The Supreme Court upheld the wage board award on 7 February 2014. Lately the apex court dismissed all writ petitions moved by media managements against the award on 8 February last. The JFA statement asserted that if most of the newspaper managements in India continue ignoring the apex court directive, it would only bring wrong messages to the readers (mass) about the medium. In this case, the forum opined that the media house owners may follow the example set by the Assam Tribune group, which implemented the Majithia board recommendations for the first time in the country.

Finally, the statement issued JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria asked the beneficiaries too to cooperate with the managements in materializing the apex court’s directives for a better future for the entire institution.

Author info

AT News Guwahati's picture

Add new comment

Republish

Republish this content

NDFB-S activist held

10 Jul 2016 - 11:01pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

A NDFB-S cadre identifed as Derhasat Basumaraty was apprehanded by security forces from Panbari area under Bijni PS in Chirang district on Sunday. He was involved with several activities like extortion, kidnapped in the area . A pistol, a magzine and live bullet were recovered from his possession.

 

BTAD miscreants being identified!

Rockybul Hussein at Kokrajhar on Sunday
4 May 2014 - 4:04pm | Hantigiri Narzary

The trouble mongers in BTAD will be identified in a day or two. This was what Rockybul Hussain told reporters in Kokrajhar on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, the forest minister said that the investigation is moving in right direction on the basis of the FIRs and eyewitness.   He further said that the license holders would be allowed to procure arms in the BTAD areas.

He said he had visited Balapara village and spoke with the affected villagers about incident. He said the government is monitoring the situation in the region and no more incidents reported in the last 24 hours. Hussain appealed all concerned not to speak about mudslinging statement so that peace restors in the region.

On the other hand, the government is in a process to set up 25 refugee camps in the entire area.

 

Photo: Rockybul Hussein while speaking to reporters at Kokrajhar Circuit Houseon.

Blasts rocks Sivasagar on Sunday morning

5 Aug 2007 - 3:45am | editor
Guwahati : Two programmed timer devices were exploded at Sivsagar and Sonari town in Upper Assam on Sunday morning.

The first bomb was exploded at about 8.30 AM near Sonari police station and the second was in front of Ashok Hotel owned by a Hindi speaking person at 8.50 AM. Ten people including police personnel were injured at Sonari and two at Sivasagar.

Police suspects that United Liberation Front of Assam has set off these blasts to create panic among police and common people before Independence Day. No Causality was reported as it was Sunday and occurred in very early morning and no one there.