Guwahati, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

All Assam Media Employees' Federation (AAMEF) has welcomed the recent verdict of the Supreme Court to implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendations for journalists and non-journalists newspaper and news agency employees from this month onwards and urged the media house owners to follow the ruling of the apex court.

AAMEF president Hiten Mahanta, in a statement here today, appreciated the management of The Assam Tribune group of newspapers for being the first one in the country to implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendations.

Even voices for implementation of the new wage board have been raised by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights, he added.

The AAMEF statement claimed that most of the media groups of Assam have made it a habit to show a loss-making balance sheet every year to avoid paying proper salaries to the employees.

Barring a few, it is a common practice for all the media barons in the state to divert funds from the collected amount of money from the advertisers to other non-media enterprises owned by their families, it alleged.

Meanwhile, Journalists' Forum of Assam (JFA) has urged the Centre to facilitate the media persons engaged with the privately owned satellite news channels with systematic pay hike like their counterparts in the print media.

The scribes' body claimed that nearly 80 per cent television journalists of North East have been performing their duties with pitiable salaries, unlimited working hours and without any facilities recommended by the country's labour laws, not to speak of any statutory wage board recommendations.

Both the AAMEF and JFA also reiterated their demand for a social media audit in NE where the readers and viewers can find a transparent picture of the financial dealings involved with their favourite newspapers and private news channels.

The media audit should address many vital issues relating to the media market in the country, asserted the media employees' organizations adding that the exercise would hopefully help the media employees to receive their due benefits supported by the law of the land.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)