Artistes Pension Scheme and Welfare Fund

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The Scheme The scheme shall be known as ‘Artistes Pension Scheme and Welfare Fund’. The Scheme will cover the following two types of requests:-
(i) Existing beneficiaries under the 1961 Scheme; and
(ii) Fresh cases of writers, artists, etc. who are eligible for a grant under the Scheme.
Contact Details Section Officer, 333-C, Shastri Bhawan, Phone No: 23070767.
Eligibility (i) 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.

(ii) Personal income of the applicant (including income of the spouse) must not exceed Rs. 4000/- per month.

iii) The applicant should not be less than 58 years of age (This does not apply in the case of dependents).

Application be made in prescribed Form and sent to the Ministry of Culture, ShastriBhawan, New Delhi through respective State Government/UT Administration. Requests can also be considered directly by the Central Government for granting assistance from Central Quota. Ministry of Culture may make such changes in the Application form as may be felt necessary from time to time.

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 and in cases of those recommended under Central Quota the assistance shall not exceed Rs.4000/- per month per beneficiary.
Selection of Applicants (i) In the light of the recommendations of the State Government/UT Administration, financial means and eminence of the applicants, the quantum of assistance to be granted and the awardees under the Centre-State Quota may be decided by the Expert Committee nominated by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India subject to the availability of funds.

(ii) The quantum of assistance to be met from the "Central Quota" and the awardees will be decided by the Central Government on the recommendations of the Expert Committee after ascertaining the financial position of the applicant. Such cases will invariably be placed before the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Culture for approval.

Disbursement Centre-State/UT Quota: On finalizing the selection, the Central Government issues the sanctions and releases its share of assistance direct to the awardees advising at the same time the State Government/ UT Administration concerned to also release their share of assistance.

Central Quota: For Central Quota cases, the Central Government will release the sanction and will make the payment direct to the awardees.
Renewal Subject to the above provisions the recurring monthly allowance sanctioned under the Scheme shall be for such period as may be determined by the Central Government and/ or may be continued on year to year basis on production of Life and Income certificates.
Discontinuance of Allowance (i) If the financial means of a recipient improve beyond Rs. 4000/- per month, allowance under the Scheme will be discontinued.

(ii) Government may also at its discretion terminate the allowance after giving three months' notice to the recipient.

(iii) 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 21 years.

National Artistes Welfare Fund
Introduction Ministry of Culture has been administering Scheme of Financial Assistance to Persons Distinguished in Letters, Arts and Such other Walks of life who may be in indigent circumstances and their dependents since 1961. The scope of the Scheme is being extended to provide for a “NATIONAL ARTISTES WELFARE FUND” that will permit grant of special financial assistance to the Artistes and dependents of the Artists, covered under this Scheme, in case of hospitalization and other exigencies requiring urgent action.
Objective The objective of this fund shall be to provide financial help to the artists who are getting financial assistance under this Scheme and after death of the Artist, his/her dependents, as under:-
(a) When an artist expires and his next of kin deserves to be assisted.
(b) When an artist who is covered under the Scheme needs one-time financial assistance for medical treatment/illness and is not in a position to earn his livelihood and support his/her children and / or unable to meet expenses of his treatment.
(c) When an artist who needs financial assistance for sudden physical disability.
Eligibility for grant of assistance from the Fund: (a) The Artists who are getting financial assistance under this Scheme and after death of the Artist, dependent on the artist.
(b) On the death of the artist, the mode of financial assistance to dependent family members will be as under:
(i) Spouse – After the death of the artist, financial assistance, in case of necessity, will first be granted to the spouse of the Artist.
(ii) For dependents – Till marriage or employment or 21 years, whichever is earlier.
Limits of Financial Assistance The financial assistance granted shall be of non-recurring nature and the amount of assistance on any occasion shall be restricted to the following limits:-
(a) In cases of death of the Artist as mentioned at 10.2(a) above – Rs. 2 lakhs
(b) For medical treatment as mentioned at 10.2(b) above – Rs. 1 lakh
(c) When an artist who needs financial assistance for sudden physical disability as mentioned at 10.2(c) above.      – Rs. 50,000/-
Administration of the Fund The overall administration of the Fund will vest in the Ministry of Culture. The assistance will be sanctioned by the Ministry or the concerned Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) on the recommendation of Expert Committee(s).
Other Important Information Life/Income Certificates in the prescribed form in original and duly attested by a Gazetted Officer/Councillor/MP/MLA are required to be submitted to the LIC of India by the Artistes/beneficiaries covered under the ‘Scheme’ annually (each year) in the month of April on the following address:

The Manager (P&GS),
Life Insurance Corporation of India,
P & G S Department, Divisional Office – I,
Annuity Cell,
6th& 7th Floor,
JeevanPrakash, 25, Kasturba Gandhi (KG) Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001

Bank Authorization Letter, in prescribed form duly verified by the Manager of the Bank having the Account of the beneficiary, is required to be furnished to Life Insurance Corporation of India(LIC) on the above address by the beneficiaries covered under the ‘Scheme’, in case the same has not been furnished to the LIC.

Enquiry time for the queries related to the ‘Scheme’ is from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Ph. No.23070767