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Genuine folk artistes denied jobs: CPI
Alleging that drivers and people who did not have any knowledge about folk art were being given jobs under the Telangana Samskritika Saradhi programme, CPI member M Ravindra Kumar on Tuesday said genuine folk artistes were being denied jobs and only those proposed by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders were being selected.
Party MLA M Ravindra Kumar alleges that two artistes Vaishali and Sagar committed suicides after failing to get jobs
Hyderabad: Alleging that drivers and people who did not have any knowledge about folk art were being given jobs under the Telangana Samskritika Saradhi programme, CPI member M Ravindra Kumar on Tuesday said genuine folk artistes were being denied jobs and only those proposed by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders were being selected.
During Question Hour, the CPI member wanted to know the number of artistes selected for the job and their salaries as genuine folk artists were being left out of the programme. “In some instances, drivers who had no idea about folk arts have been given a job under the programme,” he said.
The CPI member said that artistes Vaishali from Nalgonda and Sagar from Karimnagar committed suicide after failing to get jobs. He alleged that the folk artistes were used in election campaigns on behalf of the ruling TRS.
He asked the government to clarify on the date of notification and whether the rule of reservation was followed in filling of the posts. BJPLP leader K Laxman asked the government whether Telangana Samskritika Saradhi programme was providing any job security.
Culture Minister A Chandulal said the government provided jobs to 550 artistes under Telangana Samsrkithika Saradhi programme and was paying Rs 24,514 per month. Referring to Vaishali, the Minister said she was given a job and she received salary for one month, but she committed suicide due to family differences.
He said a committee was formed for shortlisting of candidates and added that in some places they did not receive any application. Responding to this, the CPI member said there was no truth in the Minister's claims and asserted that he made artistes to apply for jobs in every district.
Intervening in the subject, Finance Minister Eatela Rajender said the State government had appointed artistes with a good intention and added that 90 per cent of the artistes selected were from weaker sections. He said they were being used in government programmes and not in party meetings.