islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has given approval of financial assistance of Rs 11.7 million for deserving 43 artists and writers from across the country.
The President gave the approval while chairing a meeting of the Steering Committee of Federal Government Artist Welfare Fund at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said that writers, poets and artists are important segment of society who promote cultural and moral values, adding that the society should contribute in their welfare in their time of need. The President stated that enhancement will be made in the Federal Government Artist Welfare Fund so that assistance could be provided to maximum number of artists.
The meeting deliberated on different suggestions for increasing the Welfare Fund. On the occasion, renowned industrialist and member of Steering Committee Arif Habib also announced a donation of Rs-5 Million for the Fund.
Secretary Cabinet division Raja Hasan Abbas, Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Saba Mohsin Raza, Chairman Pakistan Television Corporation Atta ul Haq Qasmi , Zeba Muhammad Ali, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Prof. Dr. Akram Dost , Shahid Shafiq , Qawi Khan, Salman Alvi, Arif Habib, Mustafa Qureshi, Najeeb ullah Anjum and senior officials attended the meeting.