Odisha Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana, 50,000 Artists To Get Assistance
Odisha government announced an artists’ assistance scheme called the Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana (MMKSY) under which 50,000 artists from across the state will get a monthly assistance of Rs 1,200.
Benefits for Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana
The government has decided to give Rs 1,200 per month as artist assistance. About 50,000 artists from across the state will get the benefit, Chief Minister told adding that earlier only 4,000 artists were being given Rs 1,000 as the artist assistance per month.
Eligibility Criteria for Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana
The state government has also changed the eligibility criteria for availing the artist assistance. Now under the new scheme, a male artist can avail assistance after attending the age of 50 years instead of the present 60 years, while the age criteria for female artist is reduced to 40 years from 50 years.
This apart, the district cultural councils would now identify artists eligible for the assistance.
Earlier, the culture department identified the artists for the assistance. Under the new schemes, artists from all districts can avail the benefit as the district cultural council will identify beneficiaries for the MMKSY, the chief minister said.
Describing the state government’s decision in this regard as “historic”, he said the artists since ages have been instrumental in keeping culture and heritage intact.
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