Prahlad Singh said in Lok Sabha – This amount has been released for artists. Rs 5462.69 lakhs have been released to support the artists under various schemes of the Central Government.
In view of the current situation during the Corona period, assistance has been released to artist communities under various government schemes since March. The Ministry of Culture has released Rs 5,462.69 lakh for this sector. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, gave this information in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
For the development of culture, the Government Zonal Cultural Centers (ZCC) provided financial assistance of Rs 927.83 lakh to the artists during the Corona period. Several programs were also organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi under it. Seven ZCCs also conducted online programs where folk and tribal artists performed their art forms, for which they were paid.
The ZCC also coordinated with member states to register under various schemes for financial assistance to artists and to open a helpline to maximize the benefits of the ministry’s schemes. The Sangeet Natak Akademi from October 2021 is planning virtual festivals of music, dance, drama, folk and tribal and puppetry in addition to festivals in physical form.
Despite all efforts in the country, cases of infection are increasing. According to data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there have been fewer cases in the last 24 hours. In India, 83,809 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported and 1,054 deaths have occurred in the last 24 hours.
With this, the total number of positive cases in the country has increased to 49,30,237 of which 9,90,061 are active cases. Apart from this, 38,59,400 people have been cured / discharged / migrated and 80,776 people have died in the country so far. According to the ministry data, the recovery rate is 78.28 percent and the death rate is 1.64 percent.