(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 18, 2011
PRESS WAGE BOARD
Journos Protest against Delay in Implementation
and press persons began their countrywide agitation on
December 12, with
rallies and dharnas in
Hundreds of press workers and journalists belonging to news agencies and several newspapers held rallies in the capital for early implementation of the wage board report, and resolved to intensify their agitation further. The call for the action came from the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees Organisations (CNNAEO). Similar reports came from several state capitals, and also from the PTI.
joint meetings, that took place in
In Delhi, the rallies and dharnas were addressed by CNNAEO secretary general M S Yadav, Sujata Madhok and S K Pande (DUJ), M S Joshi (UNI), Madan Talwar (AINEF), Suresh Akhouri (IJU), Roop Chand (Times of India), Mahesh Daylu Gangwar (NUJ) and C S Naydu (Indian Express).
Meanwhile, on December 12, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the centre on a writ petition filed by Rajasthan Patrika, challenging the notification to implement the recommendations of the wage board, presided over by Justice Majithia, for journalists and non-journalists.
A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai issued the notice after hearing senior counsel K V Viswanathan, appearing for the petitioners. The bench granted two weeks time to the centre for filing its response on the main petition and on the application seeking interim stay of the notification. The petition was expected to be listed for the second week of January 2012.
Senior counsel Gopal Jain made a mention that the petitions filed by others, challenging the report and the subsequent notification, could also be listed along with the writ petition filed by Rajasthan Patrika. These included the petitions filed by the Anand Bazar Patrika (publishers of The Telegraph and other newspapers), the Bennett Coleman and Co Ltd (publishers of The Times of India and other newspapers), and the Indian Newspaper Society. The bench then directed that all the petitions must be tagged and listed together.