The expenses of the Sufi Cultural Festival being held in London have come to light and it shows that the money spent by Sindh Government on the festival is Rs. 9.6 million.
Out of the total money being spent, Rs. 6.2 million is paid by Pakistan’s taxpayers. The event is set to take place on 7th October, 2017.
After the news was uncovered, Sindh Government came under massive pressure as people in the press also took notice. Critics says that provincial government is not able to fulfil basic needs of the common people and is expending public money on cultural shows.
It is reported that Sindh Government will bear expenses for airfare, visa and compensation of artists. On the other hand, SAE will only spend their funds on hall booking, local transport, food banner, postal expenses.
Sufi Cultural Festival Details
During the festival, 9 artists will take part and perform in London. The artists include: Sanam Marvi, Sain Zhoor, Mai Dhai, Tufial Sanjrani, Dilbar Jala whereas others will depart tonight for the show. 5 officers are also hired to travel with the delegates.
Sectary of Cultural Tourism and Antique, Akber Laghari, held a meeting and talked about several things and also discussed the details of arrangements and expenses.
According to the meeting, here is the breakdown of the money being spent:
- Artists Fee — Rs. 30,00,000
- Air Fare — Rs. 28,00,000
- Visa Fee — Rs. 4,00,000
- Hall Booking — Rs. 8,40,000
- Accommodation — Rs.14,00,000
- Local transport — Rs.1,10,000
- Lighting Sound Etc — Rs. 4,20,000
- Postal Expense — Rs.90,000
- Food — Rs. 2,80,000
- Banners — Rs. 80,000
- Singer Rano Gadwani Fee — Rs. 80,000
- Singer Sohani Abro Fee — Rs. 1,12,000
- Sohani Abro Airticket — Rs. 18.000
- Total Expense — Rs. 96,30,000