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New Delhi, Dec 3 : Members of Parliament from Kerala today made a forceful demand to set up a new wage board for journalists and non-journalists, pointing out the last wage board was implemented as many as seven years ago.

Marxist member P Karunakaran and Mr P C Thomas (IND) demanded in the Lok Sabha the next wage board be set up for the revision of journalists’ salaries. The issue was also highlighted by Mr N K Premachandran (RSP) in the Rajya Sabha.

Mr Karunakaran pointed out that constitution of a new wage board was already due as the previous Manisana Singh Wage Board was implemented seven years ago.
Mr Thomas wanted the government to entrust the new wage board with the task of fixing wages for the journalists and non-journalists working in electronic media also.

In the Rajya Sabha, Mr Premachandran said since there was a possibility of a new wage board taking at least three years to finalise its recommendations, a board should be constituted without further delay and an interim relief announced.