POST TIME: 20 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
SC order on 9th Wage Board today

SC order on 9th Wage Board today

The Supreme Court will today pass an order on a government petition pertaining to the recommendations of the 9th Wage Board for journalists. Notably, the government had sought a stay on a High Court order to maintain status quo on publication of the gazette notification on implementing the board’s recommendations.

Yesterday, a four-member bench of the SC’s Appellate Division completed hearing on the appeal and fixed the date for delivering its order. During the hearing, the bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain observed that without journalists, the owners of newspapers won’t have any existence.

Advocate Hasan Ariff, counsel for the Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB), said that journalists were the essential

part of a newspaper. “Journalists run the newspapers. Without them, a newspaper is just a white paper.

Hence, newspapers and journalists are considered as complementary to each other,” he added.

Terming the initial writ against publishing the gazette notification for implementing the recommendations of ninth wage board as pre-matured, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the petitioner had filed the writ as he did not want to pay proper salary to journalists.

“The government is like an umpire here. It would consider the interests of both journalists and newspaper owners,” he said.

NOAB can place its objections to the recommendations within 14 days after the gazette notification is issued, he said.

NOAB president Matiur Rahman had filed a writ petition on August 5, challenging the legality of the ninth wage board.

After hearing the NOAB petition, an HC bench of Justices Obaidul Hassan and Mohammad Ali had

directed the government on August 6 to maintain the status quo for two months on publication of the gazette notification.

The HC also issued a rule to the government to explain as to why its move of finalizing the 9th Wage

Board without giving any opportunity to the stakeholders (NOAB) for placing objections and suggestions should not be declared illegal or unlawful authority.

The secretaries of Cabinet Division, Information, Labour and Wage Board chairman Md Nizamul Haque were told to comply with the rule in four weeks.

On August 8, the government moved the Appellate Division, seeking stay on the HC order.

On August 14, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Md Nuruzzaman, sent the stay petition to its full bench for hearing on August 19.

Advocates AF Hasan Ariff and Yousuf Ali appeared on behalf of NOAB while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.

Recently, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader had said that the 9th Wage Board recommendations will be announced soon.