The Ministry of Labour & Employment is responsible for constitution of Wage Boards for working journalists and non-journalist newspaper employees as per the provisions of the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955.
Under the Act, the Government of India constituted two wage boards (Majithia Wage Boards), one for working journalists and other for non-journalist newspaper employees in 2007. The Wage Boards submitted their report on 31.12.2010.
The Government accepted the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Boards and accordingly notified it vide S.O. No. 2532(E) dated 11/11/2011. The Wage Boards, inter-alia, recommended for implementing the pension scheme for the newspaper employees alongwith some other recommendations in Chapter XXI of the report. However, the Government has not accepted the proposal as this was beyond the mandate of the Wage Boards.
This information was given by the Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.