‘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 staged a protest towards 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 of the 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 them 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 and the problem related to the middlemen issue can also become a subject for the folk’s 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’ became delivered via the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs on the suggestion of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2015. The main goals of the assignment changed into to restore almost-extinct folks-styles of artwork and culture and to uplift the socio-economic conditions of folk artists.

Another folks singer Hadiya Bibi of Nabagram alleged that a nearby middleman recognized as 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.”

However, Kartik Majhi claimed that he requested for the cash (Rs 200 from the folk singers) to build a ‘Kala Sangam Academy.’

Another widely known ‘Baul’ singer, Abul Karim Sardar, stated, “I am not getting my monthly pension seeing that January 2019. I enquired but didn’t get an extensive respond. We are Sadhus and are not aware of official strategies. We have been delighted while the authorities had introduced this scheme for us. But, currently, it’s miles unfortunate that we are not getting it frequently.”

Recently, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed birthday celebration leaders that she had received lawsuits of ‘cut money’ being demanded even for the ‘Samabyathi’ scheme by which a charge of Rs 2,000 is given to bad people to carry out the final rites of his/her family member.

A visibly angry Mamata had said, “You asked for Rs two hundred as ‘cut cash’ for ‘Samabyathi’ scheme. Some leaders are stressful 25 in step with cent fee for providing housing presents. I warned all people who are indulged in such exercise. Some elderly women aren’t getting older-age pensions.”

Following Mamata’s warning – party leaders faced the wrath of the public as humans across many districts demanded that their ‘cut cash’ be lower back straight away.

Another ‘Baul’ singer Lau Fakir alleged that a prepared racket is operational in Murshidabad district wherein a section of human beings are collecting Rs two hundred from people singers claiming to enroll their names underneath the critical stipend schemes for artists.

“I am also one of the sufferers of this racket. They are gathering cash in the name of valuable schemes. They are also giving an identity card. I assume there ought to be a probe on this matter due to the fact I individually experience that this will malign the photograph of Bengal – the cultural city of India,” he delivered.

BJP, North Murshidabad president, Sujit Das said, “This cut cash problem with the people artists became going on for months. This came inside the limelight due to the fact human beings are now openly agitating against this. It could be very unlucky, that is the cultural capital of India, our artists and singers are going through such issues.”

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