GUWAHATI, Aug 14 � On the eve of the 65th Independence Day, 2011, the Government of Assam announced the names of the recipients of artist pension, one-time ex gratia grant and family pension of deceased artist pensioners.
The government has decided to enhance the number of recipients of artist pension and ex gratia grant from 10 to 20 in each category and also increased the rate of pension from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000 and ex gratia grant amount from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 from the current financial year 2011-12, an official press release said.
The names of the artist pension recipients are: Surjya Das, Chandra Talukdar, Dara Ahmed, Ranu Phukan, Ratna Konwar, Jatin Chandra Baishya, Harendra Nath Deka, Bishweshwar Phukan Barbayan, Tilmizur Rahman, Jaya Devi Talukdar, Girindra Narayan Deva Goswami, Kushal Tamuli, Kashiram Nath, Padmakanta Bhuyan, Nileshar Chik, Dutiram Saikia, Chahin Rabha, Nurul Haque Hazarika, Pikati Deori, Harsha Nath Basumutari.
The following are the recipients of ex gratia grant: Tarulata Das, Mira Bishwas, Umesh Dutta, Raghu Nath Malakar, Mrigen Pathak, Manik Chandra Barua Borgayan, Surjya Goswami, Kulen Nath, Bankim Sharma, Bedaboti Borgohain, Nilakantha Dutta, Ghanashyam Saikia, Dasarath Das, Ram Rajendra Sinha, Puwaram Kalita, Dwijendra Lal Paul, Jugal Baran Acharya, Sarat Chandra Chetia, Upendra Kalita, Ramani Mohan Rai.
The family pension recipients as announced by the government are: Hemprava Devi, Aparna Das (Pathak), Rangila Barman, Mohini Das, Ganga Barman, Leela Patgiri, Pramila Nath, Maheswari Nath, Dipanjali Bardoloi, Kusum Hazarika, Parul Goswami, Taru Mahanta, Zahura Khatun Laskar, Anjali Dey.
The government has also decided to extend special financial assistance to the families of seven eminent artists who are no more and who could not be given artist pension during their lifetime. As the families of these deceased artists are genuinely in financial distress, government has decided to provide special financial assistance of Rs 40,000 to each family as one-time grant.
The following were selected for the benefit: Anjana Dutta, Minu Deka, Misma Hazarika, Ruzeba Hazarika, Labyanya Dutta, Aipheri Borgohain, Purnima Kalita.