JAMMU, May 27: All Artist Association (AAA), Jammu has demanded the Government to provide suitable financial assistance to all artists as immediate relief for survival during period of lockdown on the analogy of others who have been provided financial aid out of the package of Rs 20,000 crore sanctioned by Government of India.
Addressing a press conference today at Cultural Academy Jammu, the AAA leaders highlighted the difficulties being faced by the artists of Jammu Division owing to lockdown for last two months.
“Due to lockdown, the cultural activities of artists have come to a complete stand still with many indigent and financially poor artists and also others connected with this line have been hit hard monetarily in such an extent that they are at the verge of starvation,” they said, adding, artists fraternity need immediate financial help enabling them to make both ends meet during this tough time.
The AAA leaders further highlighted that the payment on account of programs done by various artists has been pending for years together in Doordarshan Jammu and J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. They urged upon the concerned departments to release the payments of artists immediately on priority basis.
Surinder Manhas, Tilak Raj Tagotra, JR Sharma, Sunil Sharma, Rampaul, Sahil Luckey, Rakesh Kona and several others were present in the press conference.