KARACHI: The 15th meeting of Management Board of Endowment Fund for needy writers, poets and artists, with Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Culture and Tourism Ms. Sharmila Faruqui, in chair, approved distribution of a total Rs 7.25 million among the 79 beneficiaries.
The Board scrutinized applications of needy and poor artists, writers and poets from all over Sindh.
According to official statistics, a total 148 fresh applications of artists and poets received at the Directorate of Culture Karachi from every nook and corner of Sindh, in which 79 have been approved.
While 66 applications of those artists who availed or benefited from the facility of endowment fund in past has been differed until next meeting because priority is given to fresh applicants.
Ms. Sharmila expresses her satisfaction and informed that the system of endowment fund has been quite improved. More ideas and advices are under consideration for the betterment of this cause, she added.
She was of the view that provincial Culture Department is the custodian of endowment fund of artists and it is bound to maintain its transparency. Any advices and suggestions for the betterment of this system will be accepted by open heart, she added.
Moreover, she appealed the artists, writers and poets to submit their prescribed pro-forma with complete necessary documents and proofs so that their cases could be considered positively.
She said that it has been noticed that several applications are in pending or deferred due to lack of some evidences. Their case authentication is depends over the provided supporting documents, she added.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Culture Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi, DG Culture Manzoor Ahmed Kanasro, and other members of Management Board including Abdul Hameed Sindhi, Sarfaraz Rajar, Salah uddin tunio, Naseer Baig, Shakeel Ahmed and Mazhar Jameel.
Abdul Majid Jahangir, Anwar Hussain Wistro, Ameer Bux urf Ustaad Ameer Ali, Aarab Muhammad, M Ishaq Urf Moji, Mst Zulekha widow of M. Yousuf, Mst Sughra Widow of M Urs Bhatti, Ali Ahmed Jamali, Vakeel Faruqui and others were among the beneficiaries.