Staff Reporter Peshawar
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has announced establishment of Media Colony for journalists in the proposed Peshawar Model Town, one time special grant of Rs. 20 million for Peshawar Press Club (PPC) and cent percent increase in the seed money of Journalist Welfare Endowment Fund.
The chief minister has also directed the concerned authorities for necessary steps for amendments in the relevant law to enhance the annual grant-in-aid of PPC and to prepare a PC-1 for the establishment of a digital studio in the press club.
He made these announcements while addressing the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected cabinet of Peshawar Press Club here on Wednesday.
Besides Speaker Provincial Assembly, Mushtaq Ghani, Special Assistant to CM on Information, Kamran Bangash, Secretary Information Arshad Khan, newly elected president of PPC , M.Riaz and General Secretary, Imran Bukhari, and a large number of journalists attended the ceremony.
Mahmood Khan said that provincial government was fully aware of the issues faced by the journalist community adding that all possible steps would be taken to resolve those issues.
He termed media as fourth pillar of the state and urged upon the journalist community to play their effective role in projecting the public welfare initiatives of the government and maintain a balance in their reporting.
He stated that the present government fully believed in the freedom of media and always welcomed positive criticism from media adding that journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have always adhered to the principle of responsible reporting.
Touching upon the two and half years performance of his government, the chief minister said that the merger of ex-FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, completion of Bus Rapid Transit, Swat Motorway Phase-I and other mega developmental projects and extension of Sehat Card Plus to the cent percent population of the province were amongst the major achievements of the provincial government.