COVID-19 Assam: Theatre workers seek financial aid


In the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, Assam's theatre professionals have sought Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to support them with financial assistance as the community is experiencing major hardships.

A delegation of Professional Theatre Workers, Assam has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on Saturday in this regard requesting him to extend support to them, said a PTI report.

The theatre workers are out of work for almost four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a member said.

"Many are selling vegetables, while some have turned daily-wage labourers. Some have even sold their prized possessions used in theatre productions," the association of the theatre workers said in the memorandum.

There are hundreds of people who earn their livelihood working in various departments of theatre groups across the State. These people work in different segments such as scriptwriting, acting, set design, make-up and lights.

"Despite their contribution to the Assamese society, most of the theatre professionals are not part of any welfare scheme. This is a matter of concern," the member of the delegation said.

The memorandum further said, "In such a situation, we do not have any other option but to seek your support and assistance in our battle for survival. Therefore, we request you to kindly support and assist us for at least the next six months".

The memorandum was also signed by several professional theatre groups including the Assam unit of India People's Theatre Association.

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