Newspapers’ dues: Qaim vows immediate payment of Rs 200 million
KARACHI: The role of journalists and newspapers is important in elaborating the problems of the people besides developing the public opinion, while the newspaper reporters make publicity of the government’s efforts towards welfare of the people.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said this while speaking at a reception for a 36-member delegation of the APNS here on Saturday.
Qaim said the APNS, being a big organisation of the newspapers, was endeavouring to resolve the problems of the print media and the government was making all-out efforts to end poverty in the province.
He directed the provincial information minister to submit a detailed report of the payments, which were to be paid to the newspapers up to December, 2011.
He said Rs 200 million, out the total dues of Rs400 million payable to the newspapers, would be paid immediately, while the remaining Rs200 million would be paid within one week. The chief minster urged the members of the APNS to highlight the welfare schemes of the government.
Earlier, President APNS Hameed Haroon thanked the chief minister for inviting the delegation of the Society. He lauded the CMís efforts for resolving the issues of the province. He also elaborated the problems of the society and forwarded some demands.
He suggested to improve the performance of the advertising section of the provincial information department. He said the department should be instructed to place government advertisements only in registered newspapers and magazines. He also demanded increase in the number of government advertisements.
The APNS chief insisted to ensure payment of the dues of the newspapers as committed by the chief minister, the APNS press release said.
Source: The News