Supreme Court Rules In Favour of Journalists

The Supreme Court by passing order that the benefits of Majithia Wage Board are to be extended to contractual employees of newspaper establishments gave great relief to regional journalists.

New Delhi: Giving relief to employees, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of them in the Majithia Wage Board dispute. The Wage Board dispute for journalists and non-journalist employees of newspaper establishments has been going on for some time.

A vacation bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the order saying the benefits of Majithia Wage Board are to be extended to contractual employees.

On February 8, the apex court dismissed all writ petitions moved by newspaper managements against the Majithia Wage Board.

It ordered the owners to pay their employees the wages as revised/determined by the wage board payable from November 11, 2011, when the Government of India notified the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Board.

All the arrears up to March 2014 would be paid to the eligible persons in four equal instalments within a period of one year. The revised wages will become payable from April 2014.

Officials of Indian Newspaper Society (INS) were not available for comment. An email questionnaire sent to INS remained unanswered.

The judgment by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam on behalf of a three-member bench said the concept of ‘variable pay’ contained in the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission has been incorporated into the Wage Board recommendations to ensure that the wages of the newspaper employees are on a par with employees of other sectors.

Such incorporation was made by the Majithia Wage Board after careful consideration, in order to ensure equitable treatment to employees of newspaper establishments, and it was well within its rights to do so.

The unanimous judgment further stated that the Wage Board has recommended a grant of 100% neutralisation of dearness allowance. The Fifth Pay Commission granted the same in 1996. Since then, public sector undertakings, banks and even the private sector are all granting 100 percent neutralisation of dearness allowance.

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Budding journalists urged to think out of box

  • J-Hub to help students hone their skills

Hyderabad: Senior journalist Prof K Nageshwar on Saturday exhorted students to think beyond the realm of possibilities while writing news stories and stated that the J-Hub was an opportunity to publish articles in print and on web platforms.

Addressing candidates at the orientation session of the J-Hub in the Department of Communication & Journalism, at Osmania University, Prof Nageshwar explained the modalities of working in the J-Hub. He said it is a platform for students to hone their skills and make a career. Dispelling the notion that journalism as a profession pays meager salaries, he pointed out that candidates with right skills are always well paid. Compensation increases as fresh graduates gain experience, he observed.

On the advantages of being a journalist, Prof Nageshwar said, journalism offers immense challenges and job satisfaction. “Good journalists get connected to masses and earn fame,” he stated and added that the J-Hub will be completely practical-oriented and candidates would be taken through the entire news writing process from idea to publication. Weekly review sessions will be held on every Saturday from 10am in the Department, he said.

Prof K Stevenson, Head, Department of Communication & Journalism, highlighted the initiatives, including a TV studio and news lab, in the Department. It also launched its You Tube channel, Osmania Journalisma separate website for J-Hub (J hub.in) to upload news items filed by candidates.

-NSS

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Accreditation Cards to Journalists by June: Press Academy

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao today directed Information Commissioner Acharya to make immediate arrangements to provide accreditation cards to working journalists, including desk journalists by June 2, according to Telangana Press Academy Chairman Allam Narayana.

Accompanied by Telangana Media Advisory Committee Chairman K Ramachandra Murthy and members K Srinivas Reddy, Gowri Shankar, Kranthi and others, the Telangana Press Academy Chairman called on the Chief Minister at the camp office.

Speaking to media later, Allam Narayana said they have submitted a report on journalists’ issues to the Chief Minister, who responded positively saying that he was aware of all the issues of the journalists and promised to offer better package.

Narayana also said that the Chief Minister was planning a better package of health cards for scribes on par with government employees. A plan to provide better housing facility to the scribes is also on cards and the process is on, he said.

Narayana said the committee has submitted the report seeking health cards and accreditation cards to all the scribes, including desk journalists. It is likely that the State government will offer accreditation cards to scribes by June 2, he said, adding that the process related to health cards and housing facility is also on.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to collect information from the media organizations before issuing these cards to the scribes of Andhra Pradesh working in Telangana State, he said. KCR said the government will soon announce its policy in this regard, a CMO release said. Government Advisor Ramana Chary, Information Commissioner Acharya, Director Subhash Goud were present. (NSS)

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