Steps being taken to pay newspapers’ dues: info secretary

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Secretary Information Abdul Rashid Solangi said Monday that steps were being taken to pay the arrears of newspapers as soon as possible and in this regard, Minister Information Saeed Ghani had given special instructions.

This he said during a meeting with a five-member delegation of Pakistan Newspaper Editors at his office here Monday.

Ijaz-ul-Haq, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Amir Mahmood and Abdul Rehman Mangrio were present in the meeting.

The secretary information said that steps were also being taken to resolve the issues of the media so as to maintain close liaison with media persons, adding that a comprehensive and transparent procedure for payment of non-budgeted and budgeted arrears of newspapers was being worked out.He said that newspapers’ arrears would be paid in full. Solangi said that the new advertisement policy by the information department was in the process of completion.

He said that their doors were always open for the people and institutions associated with the media and they themselves were getting information about their problems by visiting the media offices.

The information secretary said that the information department was aware of the difficulties faced by the newspapers and that was why a system was being set up for timely payment of arrears.

“CPNE delegation thanked the secretary information and hoped that payment of their arrears would be ensured as soon as possible.

Director Press Information Muhammad Saleem Khan, Director Legal Aziz Ahmed Hakro and Director Advertising Syed Azeem Shah were also present.

 

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