The scheme shall be known as ‘Artistes Pension Scheme and Welfare Fund’. The Scheme will cover the following two types of requests:
- Existing beneficiaries under the 1961 Scheme; and
- Fresh cases of writers, artists, etc. who are eligible for a grant under the Scheme.
- To be eligible for assistance under the Scheme, a person’s contribution to art and letters, etc must be of significance. Traditional scholars who have made significant contribution in their fields would also be eligible notwithstanding the absence of any published works.
- Personal income of the applicant (including income of the spouse) must not exceed Rs. 4000/- per month.
- The applicant should not be less than 60 years of age (This does not apply in the case of dependents). The artist who are below the age of 40 years and want to claim the Artist Pension in future should immediately register themselves under the Atal Pension Scheme. With effect from 2035, i.e. 20 years from this date when the Atal Pension Scheme will start giving benefits no new applicants will be entertained by Ministry of Culture because the applicants will be covered under Atal Pension Yojna.
- For in-between period the artists who are awardees (State Awardees or National Awardees) and who can substantially prove their source of earning from the art activity during their active age will be eligible to apply. Such applicants should be recommended by the State Government and physically inspected by one of the organizations of Ministry of Culture before bringing it to the Expert Committee.
Nature of Assistance:
Assistance from the Government may be in the form of monthly allowance. Such allowance given to the Artistes recommended under the Centre-State Quota will be shared by the Centre and State Government /UT Administration concerned, with the latter paying a monthly allowance of at least Rs.500/- per month per beneficiary. The monthly allowance contributed by the Central Government in such cases shall not exceed Rs. 3500/- per month per beneficiary.
Discontinuance of Allowance:
- If the financial means of a recipient improve beyond Rs. 4000/- per month, allowance under the Scheme will be discontinued.
- Government may also at its discretion terminate the allowance after giving three months’ notice to the recipient.
- Any recipient may also resign his/ her right to receive allowance by giving written notice to the Government. In such cases, the allowance will be discontinued with effect from the date of his/ her letter of resignation.
On the Death:
On the death of a recipient, the said financial assistance may be continued at the discretion of the Central Government after examining the financial condition of the dependents.
The mode of payment, in case of death of the recipient, of financial assistance will be as under:
- For spouse : Till life
- For dependents : Till marriage or employment or upto the age of 21 years, whichever is earlier.
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