Money transfers to the elderly, disabled and vulnerable children have been erratic and unreliable in recent years despite economic difficulties.
This week, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection announced that 1,067,805 beneficiaries of the Inua Jamii program would start receiving payments from January 18th.
These payments to seniors over 70, people with severe disabilities and extremely poor households should be made between July and October last year.
< p> “Beneficiaries registered under CT-OVC (orphans and children at risk), PWSD-CT (persons with disabilities) and OPCT (elderly) will receive a payment for the July-August and September October 2021 payment cycles The beneficiaries will receive 8,000 Sh. ”, Announced the ministry.
In this year’s budget, the groups were given around 25.8 billion Sh. allocated. The Ministry of Finance proposed A $ 16.7 billion for the elderly, A $ 7.9 billion for orphans and vulnerable children, and A $ 1.2 billion for the disabled.
“Inua Jamii’s goal is life poor people and put Kenya’s citizens at risk through regular and reliable bimonthly money transfers, ”the ministry says on its website.
The safety net program, which was strategically launched shortly before the 2017 elections, has often worked unreliably over the years with delayed money transfers the beneficiaries.
The program has not reached all eligible Kenyans due to frequent budget deficits, as senior ministerial officials have admitted. Social Protection PS Nelson Marwa said last year that if the Treasury Department stops allocating money to the State Department, more vulnerable Kenyans will be excluded.
Last time the Department did paid the vulnerable groups – in July last year – they had also delayed the transfers by five months.
At the time, officials released CHF 8.7 billion, 092,551 people.
With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still being felt in the economy, the delays have resulted in over a million beneficiaries suffering while they wait for the money.
“Payment is coming.” a time when Covid -19 infections are on the rise in the country. With this in mind, you are encouraged to follow the ministry of health protocols to minimize the risk of contagion or spread of coronavirus during the payment process by beneficiaries, “the ministry said in Tuesday’s announcement.
The safety net Failure to protect vulnerable populations may have contributed to the decline in the proportion of the Kenyan population covered by social protection systems, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) announced in its latest report.
The percentage covered decreased from 78.3 percent in 2018 to 63 percent in 2019 before the pandemic hit and devastated economies around the world.
KNBS reported that in 2018, 67.3 percent of male Kenyans were covered by social security systems, in 2019 only 57.7 percent were insured.
In 2018 around 87.3 percent of women were insured, and di eser share fell to 67 percent in 2019.
Money transfers are made via six contract banks – Genossenschaftsbank, Equity Bank, KCB Bank, Postsparkasse, Nationalbank and KWFT.
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