ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has approved an assistance package of more than Rs10 million for the needy writers and artists belonging to all four provinces.
The president gave this approval during the 8th meeting of Steering Committee for Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
The president stated that he was chairing the last meeting of this committee of his tenure and hoped that this welfare fund will continue to provide support to needy artists.
He thanked all the members of the committee and philanthropists for their participation and efforts in this charitable task of resolving the issues of the artists.
The president emphasised that writers, poets and artists are the valuable part of the society who promote a positive image of the country. He underscored that society must also take care of them in the hour of need.
He said that the Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund will be enhanced so that assistance could be provided to more artists.
Several suggestions to increase the welfare fund were also discussed in the meeting. Members of the Steering Committee, Ataul Haq Qasmi, Zeba Muhammad Ali, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Qawi Khan, Salman Alvi, Mustafa Qureshi, Najeeb Ullah Anjum and senior officials were present in the meeting.