Govt taking practical steps for journalists' welfare: CM
ISLAMABAD-Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday said
that journalist community would not be left alone despite difficult
time of coronavirus pandemic and the provincial government
was taking every possible step to facilitate the journalists.
He said the Punjab government was taking lead in helping the
journalists who were working on frontline against COVID-19
as financial assistance was being provided to the coronavirus
affected media persons.
The Chief Minister was talking to President Bahawalpur Press
Club Naseer Ahmed and General Secretary Riaz Ahmed Baloch
who called on him. The Chief Minister presented a cheque worth
Rs 1 million for the Press Club Bahawalpur.
Usman Buzdar said the role of media in creating awareness
against the pandemic was laudable and said implementation
on SOPs could save people from coronavirus.
He said the Punjab government had decided in principle to
establish journalist colonies in every division and commissioners
concerned had been directed to identify land for the purpose.
More steps would be taken for the welfare of journalist community,
he said, adding the government was taking steps to resolve the
problems of journalists.
He said that funds of Rs 54 million had been provided for development
works in Multan journalist housing colony.
The President Bahawalpur Press Club presented honorary life membership
to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, whereas, Secretary Press Club gave
a shield to him.
Secretary Information, DGPR and other officers were also present.