Reforms in information ministry being resumed, says Fawad

Minister terms revival of film and drama 'first priority'


News Desk April 21, 2021

ISLAMABAD:

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that the process of reforms that was initiated in the ministry in 2018 is being resumed.

"The process that was started in 2018 to initiate reforms in the information ministry is being resumed," the minister said in a series of Twitter posts.

Fawad said that PTV News will be made into a high-definition (HD) channel by June 1, adding that the matter has been delayed since 2019.

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"PTV Sports will also be made an HD channel in the same year," the minister added.

 

Terming the revival of film and drama "first priority", Fawad said young filmmakers will also be given loans.

The minister further announced that journalists will be given housing under the prime minister's housing scheme and health cards to those associated with print and electronic media.

Moreover, he informed about legislation to ensure the payment of salaries, adding, "We'll fully support the digital media."

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader was reappointed as the minister for information and broadcasting a week ago.

He was first appointed on this post on August 20, 2018, before being removed in April 2019. On April 28, 2020, Shibli Faraz was sworn in as the new information minister, in a ceremony held at the President House.

Fawad’s appointment came following a major reshuffle in the federal cabinet. It was earlier reported that PM Imran is expected to announce a cabinet reshuffle, potentially replacing several ministers and picking up some new faces.

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