Finance minister AMA Muhith approved a proposal to confer 45 per cent dearness allowance to journalists and employees working in the newspapers and news agencies from March 1.
On August 28, Muhith gave the approval to the proposal placed by finance division via ministry of information, according to a senior finance division official.
The approval is likely to be sent to the information ministry on Thursday for further administrative measures, said the official on Wednesday.
According to the finance division proposal, the ninth wage board for newspapers and news agencies was formed on January 29.
Led by Supreme Court’s retired judge Md Nizamul Huq the wage board in its third meeting held on March 21 decided to announce 45 per cent DA from March.
At present, journalists and employees working in the newspapers and news agencies are getting salaries with 15 slabs under the eighth wage board since 2013.
The highest salary is Tk 35,857- Tk 56,857 and the lowest Tk 3,850-Tk 5,725.
On July 1, the High Court, following a writ petition filed by the Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh, asked the government to explain in two weeks why the ninth wage board for journalists and newspapers employees would not be declared illegal.
The court, however, refused to issue stay on further proceedings of the wage board.