KATHMANDU, Minimum Wages Fixation Committee Chairperson Rajendra Aryal has asked the-newly appointed Minister for Communication and Information Technology Nainkala Thapa to unveil relief packages for journalists hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Thapa, who inspected the Office of the Committee at Sanchar Gram in Kathmandu on Monday, was urged for her positive initiative to ensure treatment facility, compensation and relief packages to journalists infected with the COVID-19.
Aryal also demanded that frontline journalists be provided with vaccination against COVID-19 at the earliest and relief packages to journalists infected with COVID-19 or those recovered ones and the families of those succumbing to COVID-19.
Over 750 journalists had contracted the COVID-19 infection till mid-May this year and over two dozen journalists have succumbed to this deadly infection, according to the Federation of the Nepali Journalists.
Aryal also pointed out the need to ensure effective implementation of the Working Journalists Act-2051 BS, thereby ensuring minimum wages tomedia persons.