STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: All Artist Association (AAA) Jammu on Wednesday held a protest at Cultural Academy Jammu highlighting the difficulties being faced by the artists of Jammu Division owing to lockdown for the last over two months. The protest was attended by Surinder Manhas, Tilak Raj Tagotra, Rakash Anand, J.R Sharma, Hari, Sunil Sharma, Rampaul, Sahil Luckey and Rakesh Kona. In the protest it was informed due to lockdown, the cultural activities of artists have come to a complete stand still with many indigent and financially poor artists and also all others connected in the line have been hit hard monitorial in as much as they have reached at the verge of starvation. It was added that they need immediate financial help enabling them to make both ends meet during tough time. Further, it was highlighted that the payment on account of programs done by various artists has been pending for years together in Doordarshan, Jammu and Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Jammu and demanded from the concerned Departments that their payment be released immediately to the artists on priority basis. The artists appealed the government to provide suitable financial assistance to all the artists and also those connected in this field as immediate relief for survival during period of Lock down on the analogy of those institutions and individuals who have been provided financial aid out of the financial package of rupees twenty thousands crore by Government of India.
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