Salman Khan will pay each employee $1,500 on a monthly basis. BN Tiwari, President of the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees, confirmed this.
The Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE) announced on Friday that actor Salman Khan has pledged to support 25,000 daily wage earners in the film industry. According to BN Tiwari, President of the FWICE, the 55-year-old actor will pay per employee $1,500 on a monthly basis.
“Last night, we received confirmation from Salman Khan that he would provide $1,500 per month to 25,000 employees. “We will soon finalise the list of employees and give it to those who are in urgent need,” Tiwari told PTI. The Maharashtra government has halted all film and television production in the state in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, many Mumbai-based film and television productions have moved recently to Goa.
However, in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) on Thursday cancelled all licenses for shooting in the state.
There are 2.5 lakh people employed by FWICE, including junior musicians, make-up artists, stuntmen, spotboys, and technicians. Khan’s production company, Salman Khan Films, recently revealed that the proceeds from his upcoming film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai would be used to help Covid-19 relief efforts across the world.
In 2020, when the world was placed on lockdown as a result of the pandemic, the actor also provided funding to daily wage earners. Netflix announced last year that it would donate 7.5 crore to the Producers Guild of India (PGI) Relief Fund to assist daily wage earners.
Tiwari announced that the two organisations would split the total and distribute 3.5 crore to 7,000 wage employees. “According to our sources, Netflix and the Producers Guild of India will each provide 5,000 rupees to 7,000 film staff. A total of 3.5 crores is available to assist. We’ve sent them a list of employees “Tiwari explained.
The FWICE president lamented the insensitivity of state and federal governments, claiming that they have given little assistance to everyday wage earners.