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“PM Shehbaz Sharif to Launch Health Insurance Scheme Exclusively for Journalists on August 7th”

Date: July 25, 2023

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is all set to introduce a dedicated health insurance scheme tailored exclusively for journalists. The launch of this program is scheduled for 7th August, according to an announcement made by Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb on Monday.

To avail of the benefits of this health insurance program, journalists can easily register themselves by filling out a digital form accessible on the Press Information Department’s website. The digital registration process has been designed to ensure transparency in the enrollment process, as highlighted by Minister Aurangzeb.

Recognizing the longstanding issues related to health insurance and salaries for journalists, the government has allocated a substantial amount of Rs. 1 billion from the federal budget to implement this program effectively.

The minister praised the government’s proactive approach in addressing the concerns of journalists and appreciated the positive outcome of Rs. 110 million recovery achieved through the Independent Tribunal for Newspaper Employees. This resulted in direct payments being made to staff in the print media sector.

Importantly, the health insurance program will extend its benefits to all journalists and media workers, regardless of their membership status in press clubs, ensuring comprehensive coverage for the entire profession.

Minister Aurangzeb clarified that this Journalists’ Health Insurance Program is distinct from the existing PM’s Health Card program. As a result, journalists who are already beneficiaries of the latter will not be eligible for the former. This move aims to provide specific support and coverage tailored to the unique needs of journalists across the country.

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