JUA demands Majithia Wage Board Awards for Assam journalists

GUWAHATI, Feb 25: The Journalists Union of Assam (JUA) has demanded the Assam Government to implement the Majithia Wage Board Awards for journalists in the state of Assam and to empower the tripartite committee to monitor the implementation of the award.
The JUA, which observed its 19th annual conference on 25 February at Burha Mayong, 4 km ahead of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary from Guwahati, urged the government to ensure safety and security of journalists and also to launch an insurance scheme for the journalists of the state.
The JUA also protested the termination of 42 journalists employed with News 18 TV Channel in the state and asked to reinstate them. It further urged the government to reconstitute the Journalists Health Scheme taking representatives from all recognized journalists, editors’ organizations, instead of handpicking members for the committee.
Aiyub Bhuiya, a senior Journalist of Bangladesh Sangbadik Sangstha and Bashir Madala, senior Journalist from Kerala, attended the conference. Bhuiya called for Indo-Bangladesh journalists’ unity on common issues.
A 35-member State Committee of JUA has been formed with Geetartha Pathak and Dhanjit Kumar Das as president and the general secretary.