One billion allocated in budget for health insurance of journalists, media workers: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said the Federal Government had allocated an amount of Rs 1 billion in the budget for fiscal year 2023-24 for health insurance of working journalists and media workers.   

“Delighted to announce that an allocation has been made in the budget for health insurance of working journalists for the first time ever,” the minister said in a tweet.

She extended gratitude to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for allocating funds for the “very important measure”.

“As Information Minister, it was one of my goals to be able to arrange this facility for working journalists, especially during these difficult times,” the minister remarked.

She said the federal budget for fiscal year 2023-24 would restart the journey of progress and development in the country which had witnessed four years of economic destruction, joblessness, chaos and anarchy during the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s tenure.

“Four years of PTI ushered in destruction, but now this budget will chart the country on a course of prosperity and development,” he said while talking to the media persons outside the Parliament House.

She said a “Fitna, anarchist and rioter” had tried to push the country into an economic quagmire, but he faced nothing but humiliation and disappointment.

Marriyum said the government had been pursuing the same vision for the economy which was implemented in 2013 to bring development and prosperity.

Now, the economic stability had returned due to prudent policies of the coalition government, she added.

A mega relief package was being given for agriculture, IT sector and youth in the budget, she said while reiterating that there was a “good news” for the government servants.

To a query, she said four years of pervasive incompetence, widespread corruption, and severe economic deterioration had deeply disappointed the nation.


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