Thu, 11 Aug 2022 - 07:30 GMT
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 - 07:30 GMT
Meeting of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, a number of ministers and senior officials on social safety measures in Alamain, Egypt on August 11, 2022. Press Photo
CAIRO – 11 August 2022: The Cabinet declared Thursday that the emergency measures pertaining to the social safety network decreed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi last month will become effective in September.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi instructed on July 26 adding one more million families to the monetary subsidies program 'Takaful wa Karama', and disbursing exceptional aid for nine million families for six months.
That was during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali al-Moselhy, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik, Minister of Finance Mohamed Mait, and Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine al-Qabbaj.
The purpose of the meeting was following up on the measures taken and planned by the government to face the economic repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine War, and the lasting negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
The families to be added to the monetary subsidies program will make the total number of beneficiaries 20 million individuals. As for the exceptional aid, which will be worth LE billion per month in total, eligibility is limited to pensioners whose pension value is below LE 2,500 monthly, and public workers whose monthly income salary is less than LE 2,700.
The president made two other instructions, which are selling two million boxes of food staples monthly at half the price through the outlets of the Egyptian Armed Forces, and distributing free red meat all year long at a budget of LE 11 billion. The latter will be carried out by the Ministry of Social Solidarity, and the Ministry of Endowments.
As for the information presented by the ministers, Qabaj displayed the current status of bread subsidies, food staples, monetary subsidies, free medical services, pensions, social insurance, and subsidized housing. The budget allocated to those programs in FY2022/2023 amounted to LE 500 billion.
Further, Moselhy clarified that Egypt's stocks of grains and cooking oil are sufficient for seven months, noting that such capacity has been made possible by introducing silos that are equipped with advanced technology.
The government had declared in May adding 400,000 families, consisting of a total of 1.7 million individuals, to the monetary subsidies programme dubbed "Takaful and Karama" (Arabic for Solidarity and Dignity).
The programme started with 63,000 families in FY2015/2016, but had as beneficiary families by May 2021 a total of 3.4 million families.
Takaful wa Karama provides conditional family income support aimed at increasing food consumption, reducing poverty, while encouraging families to keep children at school and providing them with needed health care.
Along with ensuring that vulnerable families receive basic nutrition, the goal is to build the human capital of the next generation and give them a path out of poverty.
The program is "conditional", meaning that households receive a monthly transfer of LE 325 providing they are compliant with certain clearly defined requirements.
These include all household children should be aged 6-18 and have at least an 80 percent school attendance record, four visits per year to health clinics by mothers and children below the age of 6, where child growth monitoring records are maintained, and nutrition awareness sessions are attended.
The sessions help promote better child feeding practices, regular immunizations, and antenatal and postnatal care of women. Households are given additional support for every 0-6 year-old child (LE 60), primary stage student (LE 80), preparatory stage student (LE 100) and secondary stage students (LE 140).
The program covers a maximum of three children per household and reviews compliance of beneficiaries every three years.