MABAD - Directorate of Films and Publications (DFP) has made considerable increase in the honorariums amount to be given to writers, the management of the Directorate told TheNation here on Friday. Director DFP Nazmah Farrukh informed that Director General DFP had ordered a considerable increase in the honorariums amounts of all the writers, both professional and amateur, who wrote for all the magazines of the Directorate.
"Keeping in view the increased inflation and other factors, the DG has taken this significant step to facilitate our writers and poets," she stated, adding that besides the writers and poets of English and Urdu, equal increase has been made for the contributors of Persian, Pushto, and Balochi magazines of the Directorate.
"The world today is moving at a very fast pace with growing demands and emerging challenges. The decision to increase honorariums would help our intelligencia to stand at par with the growing demands of the day," she added. She also informed the honorarium amounts had never been revived and the contributors were paid according to the provisions of payments that were prescribed in 1947.
According to the revived payment structure, the writers are classified in A and B category. A category comprises prominent and experienced intellectuals while that of B category include young amateur contributors.
The writers for English magazine Pak Pictorial under category A would be paid Rs 3,500 as compared to Rs 2,000 in the past. B category writers would be paid Rs 2,000 as compared to previous amount of Rs 1,500 per contribution.
The prose writers for Balochi Magazine Uls have witnessed an increase from Rs 800 to Rs 1,200 per contribution while amateur writers have been given a rise of Rs 600 to Rs 1,000 for each contribution. The poets for the same magazine would be paid Rs 500 while B category poets would be paid Rs 400 as compared to the previous amounts of Rs 300 for both the categories respectively.
Urdu transcript writers have been given an increase from Rs 25 to Rs 30 (per minute) where as English writers would be paid Rs 50 against previous amount of Rs 30. Translators for English to Urdu and other regional languages are given increase from Rs 350 to Rs 450 while translators for English to international languages would be paid Rs 550. Previously, they were being paid Rs 400.
Prose writers for Pak Jamhooriat Magazine would be paid Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 for A and B categories respectively while Rs 1,000 to Rs 800 for poetry. The previous rate for both the categories was Rs 200. The overall increase for other contributions range from Rs 800 to Rs 1,500 (prose) for prominent writers while Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 for young writers.
The Balcochi interpreters were paid Rs 35 and are now paid Rs 80. The flat rates for A category writers for other contributions are Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000 for B category.
It is pertinent to mention that DFP publishes 5 monthly magazines along with a bimonthly magazine. These magazines are published in English, Urdu, Balochi and Persian languages. The famous Urdu Magazine Maah-e-Nau, Baloch Magazine Uls, English Magazine Pak Pictorial and Persian Magazine Sarosh, all belong to DFP. "The enormous rise in the amounts shows the determination of DFP to promote literary activities and literary culture in Pakistan," asserted Nazmah Farrukh.