Media role crucial in current situation, says KP CM
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that provincial government will continue struggle for achieving constitutional right resources of the province.
He was talking to a delegation of journalists which called on him here under the leadership of Nowshera Press Club President Mushtaq Ahmad Paracha and General Secretary Noor Khaliq Khattak. He said the KP government had conveyed its reservations to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit to Peshawar. The prime minister, he said, had once again committed and assured the resolution of the genuine problems of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the passage of the federal budget.
He said the PTI government has full belief in democracy and free media. Media, he said, was the fourth pillar of the state and the provincial government was utilising all resources for the strengthening of media and resolving the problems of journalist community on priority bases.
On this occasion, the chief minister handed over a cheque of indemnity grant for the welfare of the journalists of Nowshera Press Club. He said for the strengthening of the press clubs and standing of journalists on their own feet, the provincial government was introducing such formula under Endowment Fund wherein a hefty amount would be released for the welfare of journalists to all press clubs of the province, whose earning will resolve all genuine problems of the local journalists.
The CM said the previous governments released funds sufficient only for the annual expenses of press clubs. But, he said, his government was evolving such a policy, which would make press clubs self-sufficient. He said a sizeable amount had been allocated, which would resolve healthcare, accidental death and looking after the children of journalists. For this purpose, he said, an amount of Rs50 million each has been allocated both in previous and current financial years. The CM said that journalism was a responsible profession and his government welcomes positive criticism. He said the country in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular was passing through a critical juncture.