­KARACHI - Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister for Culture and Tourism, Sharmila Farooqui distributed Endowment Fund cheques to 62 needy artistes and writers of Sindh out of total 141 at Mumtaz Mirza studio here on Monday.

Addressing a ceremony Sharmila Farooqui said that these legendry artistes and writers are our precious assets.

They promote the softer image of Pakistan around the world and are our identity and opinion makers of society. It is our duty to support and take care of them in their hard time, and PPP government always performed this duty efficiently, she added.

Earlier this month, the board of endowment fund scrutinized the applications received by Culture Department from needy and poor Artists, Writers and Poets from all over Sindh

According to official statistics, total 250 applications of artists and poets received at culture department from every nook and cranny of Sindh, in which 141 approved.

Total Rs6.870 million would be distributed among the 141 beneficiaries selected in 14th meeting of the Board, today is the cheque distribution ceremony of above mentioned beneficiaries. She said the committee members under her supervision are trying their level best to utilise this fund correctly and transparently. She informed that those artists who are unable to reach Karachi to receive cheques due to illness or some other cause, their cheques will be delivered to their hometowns.

Secretary Culture and Tourism Department Niaz Abbasi, DG Culture Manzoor Kanasro and member endowment fund committee Haseena Moin also attend the ceremony. Later, cheques were distributed among artistes including M Ibrahim, Mirza Shahi, Ghafoor Gull, M Rafeeq, Sehar Hassan, M Sumar, Ali Baloch alias Ali Baba, Rubuna Haideri, Aamina Lkaho, Khadim Hussain, Fareed Khan, Wahid Raza and others.