KARACHI: The Ministry of records and Broadcasting announced on Wednesday the 8th meantime wage Award for newspaper personnel with the period in-between alleviation (boom in salary) ranging between Rs5,000 and 8,500 consistent with month.

even as the adhoc increment had earlier been introduced with the aid of the board underneath the chairmanship of Justice (retd) Hasnat Ahmad Khan in Islamabad on April 10, the PM’s adviser made the declaration afresh for reasons fine recognised to her.

“Your [journalists’] efforts did no longer pass waste.

. Nowadays the authorities is pronouncing the 8th meantime wage Award,” PM’s special Assistant on facts Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told a press conference on Wednesday.

“This period in-between award is a manner forward, a vital step in the direction of a very last award, which has been formulated in session with both the personnel and the employers… it has no longer been decided through any specific favorite group however following consultations and consensus in hearings with the aid of tribunals, she stated, relating to the Implementation Tribunal for Newspapers personnel (ITNE), a frame that offers with the implementation of the salary award. It hears complaints each on an character and collective stage regarding the software of salary board salaries.

The defacto statistics minister admitted that the relief turned into not enough if adjusted with inflation charges however said that it meditated the authorities’s commitment and that it changed into all ears for the decision of reporters’ troubles.

“given that we are planning a future mechanism, those issues can be addressed,” she claimed.

in keeping with Awan, special Grade/category A/Grade I that includes editors and others, the interim relief could be Rs8,500 consistent with month. From Grade I-IV the relaxation may be Rs6,500 while for employees falling between Grade V and Grade VIII the boom can be Rs5,000.

Reacting to the announcement, President Pakistan Federal Union of reporters Afzal Butt said despite the fact that the comfort was not enough, media proprietors must put into effect the brand new award.

It’s higher to get some thing as opposed to not anything,” he instructed The explicit Tribune. “Newspaper proprietors must enforce it.”

Karachi Union of journalists (KUJ) President Ashraf Khan termed the improvement a “political announcement” and a “formality” because it become already introduced and notified in advance.

Khan stated the KUJ had reservations over the nominal growth but conventional it because it changed into lengthy past due.

“It have to be carried out in letter and spirit…the authorities have to take sensible steps in place of making mere bulletins best,” he said.

Are wage board salaries carried out in Pakistan?

only a few newspapers within the u . S . Put into effect the salary board salaries.

“This assertion will not materialise,” a senior editor in Karachi, who wanted now not to be named, informed The explicit Tribune. “Print media’s glory days have gone and their go back is not anticipated every time soon.”

New commercial policy

The facts adviser stated the present advertisement policy turned into mistaken, and a brand new coverage would be introduced on August 14, the Independence Day.

The records adviser stated a committee could be fashioned to turn the interim award into a everlasting one, on the way to work as a bridge among employers and personnel to maintain the ones liable for the crisis prevailing in the media industry inside the form of non-fee of salaries and inner rifts.

Dr Awan stated the authorities become also growing the wide variety of tribunals for early redressal of proceedings, as well as working out issues of media employees with the employees old Age blessings institution (EOBI).

“on account that media employees do now not get the identical benefits other workers as well as labourers are becoming, we have determined to talk over with the relevant ministry and provide you with new powerful legislation that addresses the issues once and for all,” she stated.

The data adviser also introduced resumption of grants to information groups and press golf equipment.

winning crisis inside the media enterprise

The PTI authorities after entering energy allegedly attempted to manipulate the print and electronic media by means of curtailing its advertisements.

while the extent of classified ads fell extensively, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry also imposed a ban on liberating payments of commercials run throughout previous tenures.

The non-charge of dues caused intense monetary crisis within the media industry, and at the pretext of ‘losses’ media owners accomplished a ruthless retrenchment power. In keeping with an IFJ document, Pakistan’s media houses laid off nearly 2,000 journalist and non-journalist group of workers among may additionally 2018 and April 2019.

except lay-offs, there were pay cuts, delays in salaries, reduction in newspaper pages, shelving of versions and even closure of some television channels and newspapers.

Following directives of high Minister Imran Khan, but, Awan initiated the procedure for price of arrears.

PML-N chief Marriyum Aurangzeb, speakme to The express Tribune, stated resolving the disaster wasn’t some of the PTI government’s priorities, and the PM’s “a couple of media advisers had their personal vested pastimes”.

The measures, she added, were a part of the authorities’s strategy to shrink freedom of the press and starve it into submission.

Chaudhry, in the meantime, stated the government could not ‘subsidise’ the media.

“how are you going to subsidise the whole thing…people in Pakistan don’t want to pay taxes but need comfort through subsidies,” he instructed The specific Tribune.

The federal minister stated the media in Pakistan was facing a technological in place of an monetary disaster. Non-public media houses, he introduced, must innovate, discover and explore new avenues for revenue technology, such as digital marketing as “authorities cannot aid them anymore”.