Artists are our identity around the world: Sharmila Farooqui

Karachi, June 01, 2015 (PPI-OT): Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Culture and Tourism Ms Sharmila Farooqui distributed Endowment Fund cheques to 62 needy artists and writers of Sindh out of total 141 at Mumtaz Mirza studio here on Monday.

Addressing a ceremony Ms. Sharmila Farooqui said that these legendry artists and writers are our precious assets. They promote the softer image of Pakistan around the world they are our identity and 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 the applications received by Culture Department from needy and poor Artists, Writers and Poets from all over Sindh. According to official statistics, total 250 applications of artists and poets received at culture department from every nook and cranny of Sindh, in which 141 approved. Total 6.870 million rupees (6, 8700, 00/=) would be distributed among the 141 beneficiaries selected in 14th meeting of Board, today is the cheque distribution ceremony of above mentioned beneficiaries.

She said that committee members under her supervision are trying their level best to utilize this fund correctly and transparently. She informed that those artists who are unable to reach Karachi to receive cheques due to illness or some other cause, their cheques 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 attend the ceremony. Later, cheques were distributed among artistes including Muhammad Ibrahim, Mirza Shahi, Ghafoor Gull, Muhammad Rafeeq, Sehar Hassan, Muhammad Sumar, Ali Muhammad Baloch Alias Ali Baba, Rubuna Haideri, Aamina Lkaho, Khadim Hussain, Fareed Khan, Wahid Raza and others.

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