Relief aid cheques distributed among poets, writers

KARACHI: Minister for Culture and Tourism Sindh Ms Sharmila Faruqui distributed Endowment Fund cheaques among around 62 needy artists and writers of Sindh, out of total 141 at Mumtaz Mirza studio, here on Monday.

Addressing the ceremony, Faruqui said that the legendry artists and writers are our precious assets. “They promote the softer image of Pakistan around the world and they are our identity besides being opinion makers of society.” It is our duty to support and take care of them in their hard time, and PPP government always performed this duty efficiently.”

Earlier this month, the Board of Endowment Fund scrutinized applications received by Culture Department from needy and poor artists, writers and poets from all over Sindh. According to official statistics, a total of 250 applications of artists and poets were received at Culture Department from Sindh, out of which 141 were approved. A total Rs 6.870 million would be distributed among the 141 beneficiaries selected in 14th meeting of Board. Today is the cheaque distribution ceremony of above mentioned beneficiaries.

She said that she and her committee members were trying their level best to utilize this fund correctly and transparently.

She informed that those artists who are unable to reach Karachi to receive cheaques due to illness or some other cause, their cheaques will be delivered to their home towns.

Secretary Culture and Tourism Department Niaz Abbasi, DG Culture Manzoor Kanasro and member Endowment Fund committee Haseena Moin also attended the ceremony.

Later, cheques were distributed among artistes including Mohammad Ibrahim, Mirza Shahi, Ghafoor Gull, Mohammad Rafeeq, Sehar Hassan, Mohammad Sumar, Ali Mohammad Baloch Alias Ali Baba, Rubuna Haideri, Aamina Lkaho, Khadim Hussain, Fareed Khan, Wahid Raza.