45pc of journalists’ allowance bill in final stage: PM
Published: 06:37 PM, 17 June 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File Photo
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that a bill has been enacted to ensure a 45 percent allowance for media workers.
“It is in the final stages of approval,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this in response to a query from MP Shahiduzzaman Sarkar in the question-answer session at the Jaitya Sangsad assembly on Wednesday.
The question-answer session was raised in the session presided over Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
“Journalists in both print and electronic media suffer from job uncertainty in the workplace. It is a threat to the independent media,” said the Prime Minister.
“To address this uncertainty in their employment, the Ministry of Information is enacting the Media Workers (Terms of Service) Act, which is currently in the final stages of approval. Special projects have also been taken up for the accommodation of journalists.”
Mentioning that the government would provide various facilities to the country's newspapers and electronic media for presenting impartial news, the Prime Minister said the government bears the cost of advanced treatment of seriously injured journalists at home and abroad. Various assistance was also provided from the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund, including payment for journalists.
The Premier said a financial grant of Tk 10 crore has been provided to help the families of journalists affected by the coronavirus. “In May, a financial grant of Tk 50 lakh was provided to cover the salaries, allowances and other expenses of the officers and employees due to the decline in the income of the Press Club during the COVID period,” she said.
“The present government has taken various steps for the welfare of journalists,” the Premier said, adding that the government has ensured the salaries and other benefits of journalists and media workers through the announcement of the 8th Newspaper Wage Board Award in 2013.