President Mamnoon Hussain has urged to develop short term and long term financial assistance plans for needy artists, poets, writers and their families.
The President said this while Chairing a meeting of the Steering Committee of Federal Government Artist Welfare Fund at Aiwan-e-Sadr,Islamabad on Thursday.
Welcoming the members of Steering Committee of Federal Government Artist Welfare Fund, the President appreciated the initiative of providing financial assistance to deserving artists, poets and writers especially during old age. The President noted that the artists, poets and writers are cultural ambassadors and play a significant role in promoting social and cultural norms of a country. The President called for providing monetary assistance to maximum number of families of the deceased artists, poets and writers. The President advised the artists’ community to prepare a list of artists eligible to receive grants and stipends from the Artist Welfare Fund.
The meeting also reviewed decisions made in previous Steering Committee meetings and their implementation status. Many cases of providing financial assistance to deserving artists, poets and writers also came under discussion during the meeting.
The meeting as attended, among others, by prominent actress Zeba Muhammad Ali, eminent poet and columnist Atta ul Haq Qasmi, Mustafa Qureshi, Qawi Khan and Najeeb Ullah Anjum.