The first arts festival for revenue workers begins today.

Revenue Minister K Rajan said the revenue department staff are some of the states most underpaid government workers . The festival will provide a platform for developing the employees creative skills .

Thrissur, Jan. 1: CM Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the first edition of the revenue staff state-level arts festival on Friday.Revenue Minister K Rajan said that the revenue department staff are some of the state's most underpaid government workers.They are being accused of multiple offenses, and the government has taken steps to make them more accountable by conducting effective investigations and taking appropriate sanctions.On the other hand, the government has been taking steps to encourage and inspire them, he said, citing the introduction of a revenue award system as one such initiative, while the annual arts festival is another step in that direction.

During the three-day festival, 39 competitions will be held, of which eight will be individual items and the remaining will be limited.The district-level festivals attracted up to 5,000 revenue workers, and the winners are competing in the final.The festival's inaugural session is supposed to feature prominent cultural figures such as Kathakali exponent Padmasri Kalamandalam Gopi, percussionist Padmasri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, writer K Satchidanandan, and director Sathyan Anthikkad, among others.As part of the festival's publicity campaign, special music albums of district collectors from Thrissur and Pathanamthitta, Haritha V Kumar, and Divya S Aiyer, respectively, have been released.