Government forms three review boards for media restructuring -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Government forms three review boards for media restructuring

ISLAMABAD- In pursuance of the chief executive’s directive for restructuring of government information set-up and public sector electronic media, three review boards have been constituted.

The board of the main ministry and its departments – like Press Information Department (PID), External Publicity Wing (EP Wing), Department of Films and Publications (DFP) and Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) will be headed by Federal Information Secretary Khawaja Ijaz Sarwar with Additional Secretary Salim Gul Shaikh and Colonel. Saulat Raza from ISPR as members.

The board of Pakistan Television (PTV) will be headed by Managing Director PTV Yousuf Baig Mirza, Colonel Mansoor Rashid from ISPR and a private-sector representative having expertise in the field of TV, said in an official statement.

The third board meant for the restructuring of Radio Pakistan will be headed by Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) Anwar Mehmood. Other members include Colonel Mansoor Rashid from ISPR and a person from private sector having experience in radio broadcasting.

It was observed by the chief executive during the presentation of May 18, 2000 that day-to-day guidelines and strategic direction provided to the ministry for rejection of development efforts and issues concerning national security would not produce desired results unless “the ministry is modernised by the induction of required new technology and its officers are tuned to match the requirements of the fast-developing media world.”

It was with this view that the chief executive announced the formation of three separate review boards to suggest restructuring of the ministry and its attached departments to make them dynamic and responsive to changing world realities. The ministry, in its presentation to the chief executive, had indicated that lack of professional equipment, specially in press missions abroad, obsolete equipment at PTV and Radio Pakistan, ban on induction of new blood and poor service incentives for Information Group officers were the major hurdles impending full utilisation of the potential of the ministry.

The chief executive while agreeing to immediately provide Rs 20 million for the much-needed computerisation of the ministry announced to have a thorough analysis of other proposals requiring organisational restructuring. The newly constituted review boards will prepare detailed reports covering a wide range of issues involved in working of the information set-up. Upgradation of professional equipment, better service conditions, prioritising the tasks, monitoring the output, getting rid of dead-wood and enhancing efficiency are the major issues confronting the review boards. These boards will submit their recommendations to the chief executive.

Source: The News