5,000 poor artists to get financial help: Ministry

Sun Online Desk

13th May, 2020 11:06:03 printer

5,000 poor artists to get financial help: Ministry

The Cultural Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced to provide financial help to 5,000 artists who were left without earning sources amid the nationwide shutdown to prevent transmission of coronavirus.

Offices of deputy commissioners, districts cultural offices and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy have been making lists of indigent artists, said a press release.

The ministry took the initiative as a large number of people were left without a job after the government shut down all non-essential services in late March when it declared a general holiday.

The holiday was later extended to May 16 and sources in the government say it will be extended until May 30.

Bangladesh has so far confirmed 17,822 coronavirus cases and 269 deaths.