Various speakers have stressed the need to ensure minimum wage to working journalists. At a programme held at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT) today, the participants commented that some journalists are still forced to work without remuneration.
On the occasion, Ministry Secretary Hari Prasad Basyal said the issue of minimum wage has long been unsolved despite its urgency. He shared that the ministry has been holding discussions for resolving the issue of minimum wage of working journalists.
As the officials have been appointed in minimum wage fixation committee the pervading problem should be resolved soon, he stressed.
Committee Chairperson Rajendra Aryal said it was difficult to determine real statistics of working journalists across the country. He pledged to gather real data and details of working journalists and work to resolve the issue of minimum wage based on the data.
Chairperson Aryal underlined the need to enforce the proportional advertisement system and expressed the confidence that it would go for the implementation with the formation of the advertisement board.
Committee member Bimala Pandey highlighted the need to carry out a comprehensive study to know the true situation of the media. "Female journalists are facing more problems than their male counterpart", she complained.
Source: National News Agency Nepal