Srinagar: Television artists associated with DD Kashir on Tuesday staged a street play here as a symbolic protest against Prasar Bharti and Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry, New Delhi.
Dozens of the artists staged the 30-minute play at press Enclave here in presence of media.
They accused Prasar Bha-rti and the Information and Broadcasting ministry of being indifferent towards the artists associated with DD Kashir.
Chairman of Television Professional United Forum and a famous TV artist Zameer Ashai, who was among the protesters, said the actors in Kashmir were facing problems and on the verge of starvation.
“Despite repeated appeals to Prasar Bharti and Information and Broadcasting ministry, they are showing no concern towards the crisis we have been in for the last four years,” Ashai said.
He said 4000 actors were associated with DD Kashir and all of them were facing “acute financial problems”.
“The TV artists are on the verge of starvation, but the authorities in New Delhi don’t seem bothered. For the last four years, our wages are not being paid without any reason,” Ashia Said. He said the station on about to collapse.
“Before 2014, the usual budget of DD Kashir was Rs 50 crore, but now it has been reduced to only Rs 75 lakh. The situation is resulting in poor performance of the station,” Ashai said.
Umar Imtiyaz, a protesting actor, said the station was launched in 2000 by then-minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitely amid promises, which “have all proved futile due to lack of funds”.
“We served the channel in turbulent 1990s, but now we are forced to suffer. Due to shortage of funds and official apathy, DD Kashir doesn’t have any creative or innovative content to telecast. It is relying on old serials,” he said.