Govt distributes Rs30m among corona-hit journalists

Shibli Faraz says govt believes in freedom of press and it will continue to work for welfare of community

By: INP      Published: 11:32 PM, 28 Jun, 2020
Govt distributes Rs30m among corona-hit journalists

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said has said that the incumbent government is committed for provision of financial support to press clubs and deserving journalists across the country.

Addressing a ceremony organised at the Press Information Department (PID), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for financial support of various press clubs here on Sunday, he said it was the long-standing desire of Prime Minister Imran Khan to support the deserving journalists and press clubs in the country.

Shibli Faraz appreciated the role of journalist community in development of the country.

The representatives of various press clubs including Karachi, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur, Quetta, Gwadar, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Swabi, Kohat, Gilgit, Hunza and National Press Club Islamabad received the cheques.

An amount of Rs 30 million was distributed among the representatives of press clubs from across the country and deserving journalists as individual cases.

Like doctors and medical professionals, journalists were also at the forefront for serving the nation, he said adding he himself belonged to a literary family so journalists were closer to his heart.

The Information Minister said despite limited resources, the government was trying to provide financial security to journalists and it would continue to work for the welfare of the community.

Government believes in freedom of the press and would continue to facilitate growth of free and responsible media, Shibli Faraz asserted.

Secretary Information and Broadcasting Akbar Durrani said on the very first day of assuming charge as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibili Faraz asked him how could the ministry provide support to press clubs and journalist community.

Secretary Information said his team had worked day and night to finalize this special assistance programme.

Durrani thanked the minister for sparing time for this event and appreciated the journalists representing various press clubs from across the country for attending the event.

Principal Information Officer (PIO) Shaheera Shahid who also spoke on the occasion, expressed the hope that journalists would appreciate these efforts being made for them.

She said this was very important for the ministry to understand problems of the journalist community and take steps for their resolution.