Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes in the country

Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes in the country

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF CULTURE

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1744 
ANSWERED ON 2.3.2020

Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes (SPMAA).

SHRI D.K. SURESH
SHRI MAGUNTA SREENIVASULU REDDY

Will  the Minister of CULTURE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government has introduced a Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes in the country;

(b) if so, the details of the Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid and its salient features;

(c) the total number of Artists received Pension and Medical Aid by the government during the last three years, Year/State-wise including Andhra Pradesh;

(d) whether  the  Government  has  any  proposal  to  extend  the  benefits  to  more number of Artists like drama Artistes; and

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(e) if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (I/C) FOR CULTURE AND TOURISM 
(SHRI PRAHLAD SINGH PATEL)

(a) & (b) Yes Sir, the Govt. is implementing a Scheme namely “Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes” to improve financial and socio-economic status of the old aged artistes and scholars including various Folk Artists who have contributed significantly in their specialized fields of arts, letters etc., but leading a miserable life or are in penury condition. An amount of maximum Rs. 4000/- per month is being given to each beneficiary, out of which minimum Rs. 500/- financial assistance from State/UT Govt. is included. In case of death of a beneficiary, the financial assistance may be transferred, in the name of  the spouse of the beneficiary till life if such request is received in the Ministry from the spouse along with the requisite documents within the period of six months from the date of death of the beneficiary artiste.

(c) The total number of Artists received Pension and Medical Aid by the government during the last three years/state wise including Andhra Pradesh are given at Annexure.

(d) & (e) The drama artists are already covered under the Scheme.

Annexure
Annexure  referred  to  in  reply  to  part  ‘c’  of  Lok  Sabha  Unst arr ed  Question  No.174 4 to be an swered on 2.3. 2020 regarding Scheme for Pension & Medical Aid to Artist  (State- wise) 


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The following are the total no. of beneficiaries of different states.
Sl.
No.
States
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
1. Andhra Pradesh
312
388
403
2. Assam
34
45
45
3. Bihar
41
41
41
4. Delhi
42
42
42
5. Goa
8
8
8
6. Gujarat
5
5
5
7. Haryana
28
30
30
8. Himachal Pradesh
6
6
6
9. Jammu & Kashmir
2
2
2
10. Jharkhand
7
15
15
11. Karnataka
673
795
834
12. Kerala
288
411
415
13. Madhya Pradesh
45
63
63
14. Maharashtra
871
1215
1216
15. Manipur
117
134
134
16. Meghalaya
1
1
1
17. Mizoram
5
5
5
18. Nagaland
2
4
4
19. Odisha
241
676
696
20. Puducherry
6
7
7
21. Punjab
7
7
7
22. Rajasthan
14
19
19
23. Tamil Nadu
229
315
325
24. Telangana
103
446
447
25. Tripura
Nil
3
3
26. Uttar Pradesh
201
209
209
27. Uttarakhand
11
11
11
28. West Bengal
77
98
101
Total
3376
5001
5094

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