The Government of West Bengal on 22 March 2013 announced initiation of monthly stipend for old writers and litterateurs in the state. The announcement was made by the Education Minister of West Bengal Bratya Basu at Writers Building, Kolkata.
• In the first phase of the program, 170 writers and litterateurs would be provided with 1500 rupees each and the pension scheme will start from April 2013.
• 100 theatre troops in the state shall be provided with a yearly grant of 3500 rupees each.
• 120 jatra artists and 215 Folk artists of the state shall be provided a grant of 7000 rupees.
• 1oo folk troops in different regions of the state shall be offered with a single time grant of 5000 rupees