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Govt earmarks Rs1b for health insurance of journalists, media workers

'I am certain that, jointly, these measures will play a major role in the growth of our film industry'
Journalists work during a demonstration to mark World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad on May 3, 2018. Reuters
Journalists work during a demonstration to mark World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad on May 3, 2018. Reuters

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said the federal government has allocated an amount of Rs1 billion in the budget for the fiscal year 2023-24 for health insurance of working journalists and media workers.

“Delighted to announce that an allocation has been made in the budget for health insurance of working journalists for the first time ever,” the minister said in a tweet.

She extended gratitude to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for allocating funds for the “very important measure”.

“I am certain that, jointly, these measures will play a major role in the growth of our film industry and improvement in the welfare of our nation’s Artists. This will play a key role in the promotion of Pakistan’s narrative, heritage and culture through films, as well as the growth of screen tourism in Pakistan,” said Marriyum

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