THE Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare has announced an increase in social grants by N$50 per month to reach N$1,300 per month during the 2019/20 financial year.
Minister Zephania Kameeta made the announcement during his budget motivation last week where he stated that his ministry has recorded a 3.2% increase in the number of social grant recipient as from 2017/18 to 2018/19.
“The Ministry is committed to increasing the coverage for the social grants in order to reach all eligible beneficiaries and as the result of the announced increase in the budgetary allocation,” he said.
He said that the ministry has allocated N$82 million for the 2019/20 financial year, to facilitate the provision of these services.
Kameeta said that his ministry is cognisant of food provision to the extremely needy citizens in urban and peri-urban areas.
“The food programme of the ministry, which started as a pilot in the Khomas Region, has now been rolled out to six more constituencies in the Hardap, //Karas, Ohangwena, Kavango East, Kavango West and the Kunene regions respectively,” he said.
According to the minister, the ministry plans to cover the remaining seven regions during the 2019/20 financial year.
“As we are being called upon to do more with less, the ministry has streamlined the eligibility criteria for food bank beneficiaries to only include those in dire need of food. Furthermore, the ministry, in partnership with the World Food Programme, has introduced a computer based management system known as SCOPE, for the effective registration and monitoring of the food bank programme,” he noted.