Relief to senior citizens as gov’t releases welfare stipend  

A total 29,603 elderly persons in Machakos County are set to pocket KSh4,000 each this week after the Government released their monthly stipend through the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Program.
  • For the last five years alone, the Inua Jamii program has seen the number of beneficiaries grow from 830,000 in 2018 to 1,094,045 last year.  

MACHAKOS, Kenya, January 22, 2020 – A total 29,603 elderly persons in Machakos County are set to pocket KSh4,000 each this week after the Government released their monthly stipend through the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Program.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection announced on Monday that it had disbursed a total of KSh4.37 billion to the 47 counties as payout to 1,094,045 cash transfer beneficiaries who include People with Severe Disability (PWSD-CT), Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT) and Orphans and Vulnerable Children Cash Transfer (OVC-CT).

Machakos deputy Social Development Officer Mr. Galgallo Dida has confirmed that they have received the funds, which are currently being paid to the beneficiaries through Equity Bank, Cooperative bank , KCB and Post Banks.

He said the money will cover the months of November and December and incorporates only those who opened bank accounts under the Consolidated Cash Transfer Programme (CCTP) and details successfully submitted to the Consolidated Cash Transfer Management Information System (CCTP MIS).

“I can confirm today that they we have a total of 29,603 registered beneficiaries in Machakos County. Each of the beneficiaries is expected to receive KSh4000 to cover for the November- December 2019 payment cycle. A beneficiary is allowed to withdraw all or part of the amount during a six month period,” he told KNA.

The officer further clarified that currently there is no registration for new beneficiaries but added that the ministry is working on the next budget and a new timeline for registration will be announced soon.

He confirmed that the program is running smoothly owing to the fact that the ministry had initially employed the use of   barazas, which enabled them to reach the villages and share the information with local residents.

Dida has similarly lauded caregivers for playing a key role in ensuring beneficiaries have their data captured correctly to avoid missing out on the funds due to avoidable irregularities.

“Most beneficiaries have caregivers who help them during the registration process. Some households have a single caregiver who in most cases is the daughter or the son. Usually I encourage them to seek an extra caregiver to avoid any irregularities. Some might not trust an outsider and end up having their children registering both of them at different times. This may cause their funds to be withheld until the correction has been rectified,” added Dida.

The officer is also encouraging residents to mobilize the elderly in their respective villages to attend barazas to ensure that no beneficiary is left out.

The Social welfare fund was launched in 2015 by the government as a way of tackling endemic poverty and catering for needs of the underprivileged in the society.

Under the National Safety Net Program (NSNP), the Inua Jamii initiative operates three Cash Transfer Programs: Cash Transfer to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC); Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT), and Persons with Severe Disability Cash Transfer (PwSD-CT).

For the last five years alone, the Inua Jamii program has seen the number of beneficiaries grow from 830,000 in 2018 to 1,094,045 last year.

In 2016 the government disbursed a total of Sh14 billion to thousands of beneficiaries across the country with the figure expected to rise as more people get enlisted into the new scheme under State’s National Social Protection agenda.

 

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