‘We Are Poor People’: Bengal’s Folk Artists Express Outrage Over Irregular Payments, Cut Money Issues

by Lionel Casey

Kolkata: A substantial wide variety of folks singers in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district protested reducing cash and irregularities inside the payment of their month-to-month stipend of Rs a thousand that turned into announced through the country government.

Many artists have alleged that they haven’t acquired their month-to-month stipend for the last four to six months. Several others complained of middlemen taking Rs 200 from them with the guarantee of securing their bills under the ‘Lokprasar Prakalpo’ scheme.

As in step with authorities information, nearly 8,596 folks artistes above 60 years of age are getting a pension of Rs 1000 in keeping with month underneath ‘Lokprasar Prakalpo,’ while 76,000 people artistes underneath the age of 60 years are receiving a retainer rate of Rs a thousand.

However, floor fact suggests that the payments are abnormal. The problem related to the middlemen issue can also become a subject for the folk artists, particularly within the Murshidabad district.

“We aren’t getting the monthly stipend of Rs 1000 frequently. I haven’t gotten mine for 4 to five months. The payment may be very irregular. I am not complaining about the ‘Lokprasar Prakalpo’ scheme meant for us. All I am saying is the fact. I can not rule out the opportunity to reduce cash trouble worried in it,” renowned present-day Bangla Qawwali singer Chote Golam Fakir told News18.

The ‘Lokprasar Prakalpo’ was delivered via the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs at the suggestion of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2015. The main goals of the assignment changed into restoring almost-extinct folks-styles of artwork and culture and uplifting the socio-economic conditions of folk artists.

Another folks singer Hadiya Bibi of Nabagram, alleged that a nearby middleman named Kartik Majhi had taken Rs 2 hundred as ‘cut money.’ “We are getting Rs 800, and the intermediary is taking Rs 200. We are negative people, and this has grown to be a first-rate headache for us.”

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