Minister Basnet vows to implement minimum wage for working journalists

Nepali Congress rift

KATHMANDU, August 1: Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet has pledged to hold discussions with media houses to ensure the professional rights of working journalists.

Speaking during a program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Tuesday, Basnet committed to provide security and services to the journalists as per the laws.

He vowed to implement the mass media policy and help guarantee the minimum wages to the working journalists. He further expected the watchdog role from the media persons regarding the implementation of the constitution.

Basnet also clarified that the conclusion would be drawn out towards holding elections in one or two rounds after holding wider discussion among the political parties.

“The government is yet to decide officially as consultation with the Election Commission is underway,”  he said.
Informing that the government is making all efforts to take Rastriya Janata Party Nepal on board the local level elections scheduled in Province-2 on coming September 18, he said that the government is commitment to address the demands of RJPN.

There is the need to forge consensus with the main opposition party CPN-UML on the agenda of constitution amendment, Minister said, adding that constitution amendment was not possible by keeping UML outside the process.