Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui on Sunday said the government was taking all possible measures for welfare of literary people. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the office of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) here, he said the PAL office in Multan was a the present government’s gift for the literary persons of South Punjab. The government would continue to facilitate them in future too, he added. He said on the prime minister’s directives, a number of steps had been taken to develop literary culture and norms in the country.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he said, had increased the allocation for endowment fund for the welfare of literary people from Rs 300 million to Rs 500 million. The fund amount would be deposited in a bank and spent on welfare projects for the literary people. “We have constituted a committee for proper and effective utilisation of the fund,” he added.
He said the government had also increased the number of scholarships for literary persons from 500 to 1,000.—APP