Guwahati, Sept. 19: The Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Limited has appealed to all needy artistes of the state to come forward to take financial assistance from the Artistes’ Welfare Fund.
The corpus fund was set up by the state government in 2010 to offer financial aid to ailing or handicapped artistes. Since then, altogether 29 actors, technicians and musicians have benefited from it.
The government had also instituted an advisory board for distribution of the funds to the beneficiaries.
Speaking at a meeting today, Bobbeeta Sharma, chairperson of the Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Ltd, said, “Most beneficiaries were from Guwahati and its neighbouring areas. We want to extend assistance to artistes, who may be facing financial problems or medical emergency, across the state. The highest amount we have offered so far is Rs 30,000.”
All an artiste needs to do is fill up an application form with details of his or her contribution to the field of art and submit it to the Corporation.
One may also call 9207044506 for information on this fund.
“We decide on the amount of financial assistance depending on the nature of illness that an artiste may be suffering from and his medical expenditure. We also have a doctor on our advisory committee to guide us on this,” said Assamese film actor, Nipon Goswami, who is also a member of the advisory committee for the Artistes’ Welfare Fund.
“We have put forward a proposal before the state government to increase the maximum financial aid that can be given to an artiste to Rs 50,000. We will be glad if different corporate houses come forward to donate money to this welfare fund,” said Sharma.