IJU Secretary General urges PM to increase Interim Relief

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Hyderabad, Jun 29 (UNI) Disappointed over the Wage Board recommending a meagre 30 per cent of the basic pay as Interim Relief to journalists and non-journalists in the newspaper industry, Indian Journalists Union (IJU) Secretary General K Srinivas Reddy today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to substantially increase the quantum and notify it immediately.

Demanding that the interim relief should be revised with effect from the date the Wage Board was constituted in May 2007, instead of January one, 2008, Mr Reddy, in a release here, appealed to all political parties to impress upon the Centre to raise the interim relief percentage.

He said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi should intervene and render justice to working journalists and other employees of the newspaper industry.

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