Hyderabad:The Sculptors Association consisting of trained and professional sculptors, on Saturday demanded that the State government immediately scrap the contract awarded through a tender system to a single individual for re-making the statues of eminent persons that were damaged during the TRS-sponsored “million march” against installing them on Tank Bund.
Addressing a media conference, the sculptors pointed out that the Cultural Department had recently awarded the tender for remaking the nine damaged statues and also three new statues to an individual, who is only a contractor and not a professional sculptor. This was against all the established norms and past practices of entrusting the statue making to professions by nomination or quotation systems, they observed.
Demanding scrapping of the contract awarded to a single individual, the sculptors wanted that the same work should be entrusted to professional sculptors by selecting one sculptor for one statue only. It was also suggested that the selection of the sculptors should be by holding a practical test at a time and that for those who are registered with the Cultural Department.
According to them, each statue would cost approximately between Rs 6.50 lakhs to Rs 7 lakhs. It was also pointed out that to encourage the trained and professional sculptors numbering around 200 in the State, the then chief minister late N. T. Rama Rao had entrusted the Buddha statue work to them. Therefore. they reiterated that the work of statues and sculptures should not be treated on par with civil works for awarding the same by tender system.
The sculptors, who addressed the media conference included Mr T. Venkatesham, Mr Arun Prasad, Mr K. Rambabu, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Satyanarayana and Mr P. Y. Raju.