PM to meet INS representatives on May 10

CALCUTTA, MAY 7. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has called a meeting with the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) tentatively on May 10 to discuss the latest situation regarding the Manisana Wageboard for working journalists and non- journalists in newspapers and news-agencies, according to the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Muni Lall. ``The Prime Minister will meet the representatives of INS to discuss the wageboard proceedings to hammer out a solution satisfactory to both the management and the employees,'' the Minister told PTI today. The Government had granted the wageboard a three-month extension up to June 30, 2000 to submit its final report.

``We had fixed a deadline for the Commission to submit the final report by March 31. However, the extension was given after Justice Manisana sought more time,'' he said. Asked about the INS moving court on the report, the Minister said, ``in a democracy, everybody has a right to move the court, but the Government would not allow the wageboard to be jeopardised''.