LAHORE, Feb 16 (APP):Punjab Minister for Information and
Culture Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan on Saturday said that exemplary
measures were being taken for promotion of arts, culture
and welfare of artistes.
Speaking at a cultural event organised by the Punjab Arts
Council at Bagh-e-Jinnah here, he said the present government
would honour artistes, performers and the
journalists community.
Chohan said, in a short period of six months, the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took many initiatives
for artistes and journalists. ‘Voice of Punjab’ initiative is
an attempt to discover new talent across the province, he
added.
Anyone up to the age of 30 should give auditions to be
held at various zones in the province, he said adding that
selected people would be imparted training of singing under the
government’s supervision.
He said artistes health insurance card was another
landmark achievement through which 6,000 artistes would be provided
healthcare facility up to Rs 400,000.
The minister said that a College of Performing Arts would
be established at Alhamra where a degree programme will start.
He also announced to upgrade theatre of Bagh-e-Jinnah.
He said work on first ever culture policy had been
completed and soon it would be approved by the Punjab
chief minister.
Fayyaz Chohan said that financial assistance was being
provided to the artistes and journalists community under
artistes support fund and journalists support fund.