KP govt announces Rs 0.3 million for displaced folk singer
By Mushtaq Paracha
NOWSHERA: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday announced Rs300,000 compensation for famous Pashto folk singer Zarsanga whose house was washed away in the recent flooding and also promised to rebuild her house.
Following airing of a news item about miserable condition of the noted singer on Geo TV and its publication in The News, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Sports, Culture and Tourism Syed Aqil Shah visited the tent where the ageing Zarsanga is staying with her family and announced cash compensation of Rs300,000 besides construction of a house for her.
The minister told The News that the stipend Zarsanga was receiving earlier would also be restored and a cultural show would be arranged in her honour in which TV and radio singers and artistes would participate. The income from the show would be given to her, he added.
The minister said Rs200,000 for Zarsanga came from the chief minister and Rs100,000 from the culture department. He said the government would have definitely helped the famous singer earlier but it was not aware of her stay in Pirpiai and the destruction of her house in the flood. The famous Pashto singer, often described as the Queen of Pashto folk music, is living in abject poverty in a tent on a roadside in Azakhel.
Source: The News