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INS: Hike for scribes to kill newspapers

delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2011 23:50 IST
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Indian Newspaper Society

Indian Newspaper Society (INS) president Ashish Bagga expressed apprehension that the decision of the Union Cabinet on Tuesday to accept the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Boards may lead to the closure of a majority of small and medium newspaper publications across the country as the proposed hikes are beyond the capacity of the industry.

He said even large publications would find it difficult to implement the wage hikes, adding that it was unfortunate that the INS’ request for re-examination of the report had not been considered by the government.

Several petitions challenging the Working Journalist and other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 and the Majithia wage boards proposals are before the Supreme Court and the government’s decision will be subject to the final order of the apex court.

After the recommendations are published, these petitions may be amended if required, Bagga added.