The Communist Party of India (Marxist) led coalition in Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has decided to provide pension to former circus artists in the state.
The decision was taken up after a group of circus artists met Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while he was visiting the state’s Kannur district and conveyed their plight to him.
The government has allocated a sum of Rs 1.13 Cr for the same. Thalassery in Kannur district is considered to be the cradle of Indian circus.
• Earlier in February 2017, the Society for Promotion of Art and Circus had submitted a memorandum to the Member of Parliament from Kozhikode, M.K. Raghavan, seeking pension for circus artistes all across the country.
• Kerala was previously giving a nominal pension of Rs 1200 to all circus artistes who had a ration card and had been working in the State for at least 30 years.
• However, this pension was available only to those working in the State.
Hence, this new decision will definitely address some of the grievances of the circus artists.