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Newspaper wages nod

New Delhi, Feb. 7: The Supreme Court today dismissed a batch of petitions filed by newspaper and news agency managements challenging the validity of the Justice Majithia Wage Board’s recommendations.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh said the revised salaries should be granted to journalists and non-journalists from November 11, 2011, when the Centre notified the board’s recommendations.

It said the revised pay structure would have to be followed from April 2014 and the employer would have to pay arrears within a year in four instalments. The ABP Group, which publishes The Telegraph, was one of the petitioners.

“We hold that the recommendations are valid,” the bench said. The 6th (Majithia) Wage Board was constituted by the labour ministry in 2007.