ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday launched the upgraded bilingual website of Radio Pakistan at a ceremony at PBC Headquarters in Islamabad.
The launch coincides with the 84th birth anniversary of PPP founding Chairman Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Speaking on the occasion, the information minister terming the Radio Pakistan as the mother of all the media said it will be further strengthened and empowered to make it viable and vibrant.
She said Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto made Radio Pakistan an autonomous body and gave it constitution protection through PBC Act 1973. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto also patronized the organization and we will continue to follow their vision and we will not leave the organization alone. Appreciating the role of Radio Pakistan in communication and information, the information minister said its identity and significance will be kept intact.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the proposals furnished by the Director General Radio Pakistan will be implemented to make it profitable and self sufficient organization with the cooperation and help of its employees.
On the occasion, the Information Minister that services of six hundred and sixty one contractual empoloyees of Radio Pakistan will be regularized soon as work in this regard has almost been completed. She said that the housing scheme for the Radio employees will soon be implemented and President Asif Ali Zardari will lay the foundation of it to give the employees gift of the New Year. She announced reduction for the eligibility of house hiring facility for PBC employees from five years to two years. She said the employees will also be given fifteen percent raise in the salaries as was announced in the federal budget.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said it was Radio Pakistan which has the distinction of declaring the creation of Pakistan on 14 August 1947. Now it has again taken the lead by introducing social media for dissemination of Information to the people.