Poor people at risk of starvation

Tariq Anam Khan tells New Age

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 23:00, May 14,2020


Tariq Anam Khan

Renowned actor Tariq Anam Khan said that the marginalised in society will face acute food crisis if the pandemic prolongs.

‘The marginalised people in society have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. I am very worried about them because they may starve if the pandemic prolongs,’ said Tariq Anam Khan.

‘We must make a habit of following the government and WHO directives. We should practice hygiene, social distancing and avoid going outside unless it is an emergency,’ added the actor.

When asked how the Television Industry has been affected ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr by the pandemic, Tariq Anam Khan replied, ‘Every year more than a hundred new teleplays are produced marking Eid-ul-Fitr. However, shootings for teleplays were hampered due to sudden coronavirus outbreak. TV channels are facing financial hardship due to shortage of new programmes. I heard that a number of TV channels couldn’t pay salaries to their staff.’

‘Besides TV channels, the actors, production crews, light-man, makeup-artistes and all others associated with teleplay making have been hit very hard by the pandemic. Established artistes are surviving on their hard earned savings but eventually that will dry out over the course of time,’ he mentioned.

‘Affluent actors have been helping destitute artistes and crew members as much as they can. I know that the leaders of various artistes’ organisations have sent lists of destitute artistes to the government. I urge the government and private organisations to stand beside the needy at this critical time,’ Tariq Anam uttered.

Tariq Anam Khan has participated in many COVID-19 awareness videos.

‘I have worked in many awareness videos. I also made a video myself and released it on social media. The videos urge people to wash their hands properly, practice hygiene and maintain social distancing,’ he said.

The actor hasn’t been working since Bangladesh reported its first confirmed COVID-19 death on March 18. He is spending his days at home.

When asked how he is spending his time, he replied, ‘I am spending as much time as I can with my family members. Besides, I have been reading and also trying my hand at writing.’

‘We don’t know how long this crisis will continue. There is no alternative to awareness for preventing the spread of COVID-19. We should see to it that the wheel of economy is kept turning otherwise many people will die from hunger. I thank the doctors, health workers, law enforcement agencies, members of the armed forces and journalists for fighting COVID-19 on the frontline. I urge all to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from coronavirus,’ he ended.

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