Committee formed to forge consensus on establishment of a Digital Media Authority

Committee formed to forge consensus on establishment of a Digital Media Authority

Committee formed to forge consensus on establishment of a Digital Media Authority

`Committee formed to forge consensus on establishment of a Digital Media Authority

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ISLAMABAD: Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar here on Monday said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has constituted a special committee to forge a political consensus on the bill for the establishment of a Digital Media Authority in the country.

Addressing the newsmen, he said Prime Minister’s Advisor on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah would be the convener of the forum, while other members include Federal Ministers for Information and Broadcasting, Law & Justice and Interior as well as Minister of State for Information Technology Shazza Fatima Khawaja.

Azam Nazeer Tarar also said that parliamentary party leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan( MQM-Pak) and other coalition parties would nominate their representatives.

Earlier in the day, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar said that the government had no intention of unilateral legislation regarding the establishment of Digital Media Authority in the country.

“All journalist organizations and press clubs will be taken into confidence on the matter”, Attaullah Tarar said while talking to a delegation of National Press Club( NPC) Islamabad which  met him here.

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The minister assured the NPC delegation that health insurance scheme for journalists would be started soon.

Attaullah Tarar said that necessary steps would be taken for the construction of the permanent building of the NPC and the improvement of the existing building.

The minister assured that  provision of annual grant for NPC will be ensured.

The government was well aware of the problems of the administration of the National Press Club regarding the improvement of the National Press Club, he remarked.

The Government intended to ensure continuous grant provision to NPC, he said adding he will meet the finance minister and discuss the issue of annual grant allocation for the press club in the financial budget.

President Azhar Jatoi said that the government should solve the problems of the press club on priority basis. He said that journalists were facing many challenges in the present era.

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Acting Secretary NPC Aun Shirazi said Media Town Phase II was very important for the journalistic community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Shirazi said making government advertisements subject to timely payment workers salary will be a major step.

Principal Information Officer Mobasher Hassan was also present in the meeting.

Besides, President NPC Azhar Jatoi, Acting Secretary Aun Shirazi, Secretary Finance Waqar Abbasi also attended  the meeting. Members of the governing body of NPC were also present in the meeting.

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