GEFONT Emphasizes to Implement the Minimum Wage in Media Sector

Kathmandu, The government has implemented the issue of the payroll sent through the backing system of working journalists, workers and employers to take new 'press pass' and renewal. The Government has made this arrangement to ensure the wage & other facilities according to the law for the working journalists, workers in press sectors.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Mr.  Gokul Prasad Bbaskota said that this arrangement has been made for the implementation of journalist Act and he has urged media houses to implement it.Minister further said "this will implemented without any compromise & expressed his commitment to enforce minimum wages to working journalists by all means.

The debate has been going on after the Minister direction the information department, the Media houses will be provided the Government service & facilities only after arranging the salary payment of press workers through the banking system.Some of the Media agency and media operator has opposed the decision and condemned it as an anti-press freedom.

However, Federation of Nepali Journalists and Journalists organization have said that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that minimum wage & it should fix according to the law.  

The Government has fixed minimum wage for working journalist Rs. 24,300 from 18 October 2019. But media houses has not implemented yet.Therefore, the Government being  strict to implement the minimum wages that’s why Media houses have been agitating.

Experts said the issue of minimum wage implementation is responsibility of the government so that it is not justified the current disagreement of media houses.


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