For the first time ever, circus artists in Kerala will be covered under medical insurance, sponsored by Kerala Sangeeth Nataka Akademi.
A PTI report says that all medical and insurance benefits being availed by theatre, music, dance and 'Kathaprasangam' (story telling performance) artistes will be applicable to circus performers, from this year onward.
Akademi Chairman Soorya Krishnamoorthy told the media that circus artistes can get upto Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1,000 per week in case of hospitalization.
The report also says that circus performers will also be entitled to government awards.
The medical insurance scheme was announced by state Finance Minister K M Mani at a function in Thiruvananthapuram. Minister said that about 250 people working in the circus will be benefited by this scheme.
He also adds that artistes from other states will not be covered under this scheme.
All Circus performers, including clowns, musicians and hoopers have been covered under this scheme.