PM Shehbaz launches health card scheme for journalists, artists
By News Desk
August 8, 2023 01:27 PM
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has launched the PM’s Health Programme for Journalists, Media Workers, Artists and Technical Resources; and Pakistan code, digital repository of federal laws mobile app and website, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Under the health insurance card program, journalists, media workers, artists and technical resources will be able to get world-class health facilities free of charge in 1,200 hospitals across the country with annual corporate health insurance worth Rs1.5 million.
Likewise, with the Pakistan Code website and mobile app, judges, lawyers, legal experts, law students, government officials, and general public will be easily able to access all types of federal laws.
Shehbaz Sharif on the occasion distributed health cards among prominent journalists including Afzal Butt, Nawaz Raza and others.
Addressing the ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday, the prime minister said for first time in history of the country, the government had launched such facility for the journalists and media workers who work in difficult situations.
He congratulated Minister for Information Marriyam Aurangzeb and her team for their work to finalize this program.
He also felicitated minister for law and justice Azam Nazir Tarrar for his efforts in launching the mobile app and website.
Shehbaz Sharif also announced to establish special fund for the journalists and media workers under which Rs 4 million compensation amount would be paid to the families of the journalists and media workers who died in line with their duties. He said this amount would be increased gradually.
The prime minister said ever since he took over the charge in April 2022, he faced immense criticism from the journalists. However he did not complaint of any such criticism as he believed in freedom of media. He said the criticism should be constructive and based on facts.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the vision of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as an opposition leader of providing maximum facilities to the journalists and media workers had been implemented.