ISLAMABAD:(APS)DEC 16,2017-Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage has said that The government is the first priority to deliver health facilities to the journalists . She said this while addressing a ceremony to mark the issuance of Health Entitlement Cards for the journalists under a memorandum of understanding signed between PIMS and National Press Club here Saturday.
Marriyum said that the PML-N government had always raised its voice for the rights and security of the journalists as it firmly believed in the freedom of expression adding that it was the responsibility of the state to resolve the difficulties confronting the journalists.
The minister said that in conformity with the vision of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, people from different areas of the country were issued health cards to provide health facilities to them. She said that the issuance of health cards to the journalists would ensure officer level health facilities to 2800 members of the press club and with this step the journalists had got their due rights. She said that the government was also taking adequate measure for the safety of the journalists and providing them congenial atmosphere for the discharge of their professional assignments. She said that the process of consultation with the law ministry was in progress in regard to the legislative bill for the security of the journalists.
The MOS said that the government was paying special attention to the improvement of health and education facilities in all the provinces because these sectors had a vital role in the development of the country. She said that the continuity of democracy benefited the masses and all the segments of the society would have to make collective efforts for betterment of the country.