“Need Compensation, Not Police Case”: Musician Manas Robin
GUWAHATI: Popular Assamese musician Manas Robin has urged the state government to compensate the artists instead of warning them to take legal action against them if they failed to oblige the Covid standard operating procedure (SOP) for Bihu cultural events.
Earlier, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that if artists were seen to be performing in Bihu cultural nights after 11.30 PM then the police would register FIRs against them.
The state government had issued an SOP for the Bihu celebration and restricted the cultural programs till 11.30 PM. Also, other Covid protocols like social distancing, wearing of masks were made mandatory during the celebrations.
Robin said, “What’s the logic of the timing? Will coronavirus infect people only after 11.30 PM? So there is no point of such discussion but the state government should pay compensation to the artists for the loss they would incur due to the restrictions.”
He added that there would be around 3,000-4,000 artists in the state and the state government can easily compensate them.
“As a responsible citizen, everyone including the artists is obliged to follow the rules. We will also do the same if the pandemic is spreading quickly. So, therefore, the government must sit the artists’ community and sort out the matter,” said Rohin adding, “If the government can spend Rs. 30-40 crores to host the Filmfare awards, then they can easily compensate the artists too.”
Sarma had earlier said that the state government allowed organizing Bihu functions keeping the financial condition of the artists in mind.
Robin was also known for his vocals against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the construction of a big dam in the region.