Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of the Majithia wage board, saying its recommendations are based on genuine consideration and shall be implemented for journalists and non-journalists in newspapers and news agencies. It dismissed petitions of various newspapers challenging the recommendations of the wage board. An apex court bench headed by chief justice P Sathasivam also upheld the procedure adopted by the Majithia wage board, holding that the variations pointed out in procedure was not grave in nature. The court also upheld the independence of the two members, holding that their mere association to the government did not attribute any bias or independence to them. The court held that the wage board will be implemented from Nov 11, 2011 when it was notified by the government and the arrears from Nov 11, 2011 to March 2014 will be paid to the employees in four equal installments.
These installments will be spread over a period of one year and the revised pay scales under the recommendation of Majithia wage board comes into force from April 2014.