Solangi for making Radio Pakistan financially-viable entity
KARACHI: Director General of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Ghulam Murtaza Solangi, has said that the organisation was facing resource constraint and needs assistance for making it a financially viable entity.
He was talking to media persons at the Karachi Press Club on Sunday.
Murtaza Solangi said that Radio Pakistan is a public sector institution that needs to be sponsored and supported.
He was of the view that against Rs 2.1 billion budget given to Radio Pakistan for the current fiscal year, it needs Rs five billion to meet its requirements.
The PBC chief pointed out that a sum of Rs 2.5 billion is utilised towards disbursement of salaries to 2,600 employees as well as pension to 4,000 retired staffers.
He said that for raising the required finances for Radio Pakistan, two proposals were floated at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Information and Broadcasting.
These pertained to one-time Rs 4,000 radio licence fee on the registration of new vehicle and two percent on the pre-paid and post-paid packages of mobile phones.