ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage on Friday asked the Ministry of IB&NH to prepare a special presentation for the next meeting highlighting its plans aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism for next fiscal year’s Public Sector Development Programme.
The meeting of the committee chaired by Marvi Memon,while approving the proposals for next PSDP projects,called for early completion of ongoing projects.
The committee said that under the current scenario there should be special focus of changing mindset of the people through media.
The official media has to come forward and devise a strategy in this connection, she added.
“If you want to win the war against terrorists and extremists,some important projects to counter their narrative will have to be included in next PSDP”, Marvi said.
Secretary IB&NH Muhammad Azam Khan said that the ministry was playing its role in promoting national anti-terrorism narrative through software and programming and it gave its input to two committees headed by ministers for Information and Interior recently.
Marvi said that additional funds can be allocated for government-run media for its plans to counter extremist mindset,but for that purpose creative presentation should be prepared.
The committee on the suggestion of MD PTV recommended that a full fledged Pushto channel should by launched by PTV due to importance of the language in current scenario.
Earlier the committee was given a detailed presentation on the budgetary proposals related to the PSDP for financial year 2015-16.The committee was given review of the PSDP 20114-15 and its proposals for next fiscal year’s development projects.
Secretary Information informed the committee that PTV and Radio Pakistan were setting up several new Rebroadcast Stations across the country, especially in the far flung areas to increase their outreach.
He said delay in the release of funds and security issues were behind carry forwards of the previous years projects funds.
He said that 47 new FM radio stations were being set up to cover the areas which were not covered by radio signals.
Naeema Kishwer said that FATA was very important area due to the focus on war against terrorism and it was need of the hour to counter the private illegal radio channels,we will have to increase outreach in the FATA and Balochistan.
Marvi Memon said that FATA has been neglected as far as outreach of PTV and PBC broadcast signals were concerned but now due to its strategic importance additional funds can be arranged for the area as government was attaching top importance to bringing positive change in the mindset of the area.
She said that PTV and Radio Pakistan have to play an important role in changing the mindset of the FATA people by their programmes.
She also said that in the next PSDP there was no specific project for protection of journalists.
Talal Chaudhry said that there was need to take steps for making PTV and Radio projects feasible as they were being run on government grants.
MD PTV Muhammad Mallick said that entire private electronic media was being run on commercial basis and PTV have to work on national agenda.
No private TV channel was airing any programme for children,farming community,health issues etc.
Marvi Memon said that PTV was playing important role in the promotion of inter-provincial harmony and its role in fight against terrorism and extremism was also crucial so it was need of the hour to increase its outreach to far-flung areas like FATA and Balochistan.
The MD PTV told the meeting that PTV Home has recaptured viewership during past few months which was also reflected in its TRP.
PTV News used to be government mouth-piece but now the policy has been liberalised and opposition party leaders are being invited in live shows,he added.
The meeting was attended by MNAs Muhammad Talal Ch MNA, Ms Parveen Masood Bhatti,Ms Naeema Kishwar Khan MNA, Ms Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mrs. Belum Hasnain,Mian M Farooq,. Secretary Information Muhammad Azam and Representatives from the attached departments of the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage were also present in the meeting.