Labour Ministry to the rescue of vulnerable groups
04 April 2014, 12:39
Nairobi - The Ministry of Labour and Social Services has scaled up cash transfer services to vulnerable people in the country through the Consolidated Social Protection Programme.
According to a statement, the Ministry said it was implementing the components of the programme, which includes cash transfers to orphans and vulnerable children, older persons, persons with severe disabilities and the urban food subsidy.
“In 2013/14, the ministry scaled up the number of households benefiting from the cash transfers programme, by about 92 percent to 454 200 beneficiaries,” read the CS’ statement.
The majority of beneficiaries of cash transfers are orphans and vulnerable children who make up more than half of all the beneficiaries at 253 000 in the financial year 2013/14.
The Ministry said the number of beneficiaries grew by 92 percent from the previous financial year.
The number of beneficiaries in 2012/13 was 236 839.
Beneficiaries of urban food subsidy make the least number in the four categories of beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfers.
The number of beneficiaries of the urban food subsidy scheme in the 2013/14 financial year is 10 000.
The ministry was allocated KES 12 billion in the 2013/14 financial year but has so far disbursed KES 3.788 billion and hopes to disburse the remaining before the end of the year.
– CAJ News