Working Journalists Act will be implemented: Poudel

Kathmandu, July 3: Outgoing Chairman of the Minimum Salary Fixation Committee, Govinda Acharya, today submitted a report of the Committee to Minister for Information and Communications, Madhav Prasad Poudel, at the Ministry.

The report of the Committee, prepared following a two-years long study, states that only around 57 per cent working journalists are working after getting appointment letter while only 38 per cent of them are getting the determined minimum salary (of Rs. 10,000).

In the report, the Committee has suggested the government and media houses to implement the Working Journalists Act that was introduced two decades ago.

On the occasion, Minister Poudel expressed the commitment to implement suggestions of the report of the Committee for making the media houses inclusive and the media sector systematic and disciplined by collaborating with the Federation of Nepali Journalists.

Reiterating that there would be no compromise in implementation of the Working Journalists Act to make the media sector democratic and modern, he said a taskforce would be formed to co-work with stakeholders to make the online media systematic.

Minister Poudel said that positive environment of election has been created in the country and urged media persons to fulfill their responsibility by disseminating message of election to the doorsteps of people.

Submitting the report, Acharya said that only 2.38 per cent media houses have implemented all the services and facilities as provided in the Act and

expressed the view that arrangement of training, insurance, discount of transportation fare and interest-free loan should be managed for the journalists.

Stating that the report has shown that situation of journalism sector in Nepal is awful, President of FNJ, Shiva Gaunle, suggested stopping distribution of public welfare advertisements and renewing those media houses which do not implement the Act. RSS 

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