Time to review minimum wage of working journalists

Kathmandu, Feb 9, 2018

Speakers at a programme have underlined the need of reviewing the minimum wage of working journalists fixed by the government.

During an interaction organized jointly by the Department of Information, and Minimum Wage Fixing Committee on ‘Problems of Media Houses and Working Journalists and their Solution’ on Thursday, former chairpersons of the Federation of Nepali Journalists and media experts said time had come to review the minimum wage of Rs 19,500 as per the time.

Former FNJ chair Suresh Acharya said the working journalists must be provided appointment letter with clear mention of Rs 19,500 as a monthly payment.

Similarly, another former FNJ chairman Harihar Birahi said the existing wage must be implemented and review made as per changed context.

As per the recommendation made by the Minimum Wage Fixing Committee, the government had decided Rs 19,500 as the minimum wage of working journalist two years back.

As per the recent monitoring conducted by the Committee, 32 percent of the working journalists were still deprived of the minimum wage fixed by the government.


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