2nd batch of workers to receive allowance over coronavirus: Egyptian Cabinet



Thu, 23 Apr 2020 - 10:35 GMT


Thu, 23 Apr 2020 - 10:35 GMT

A worker inside a firm in Egypt’s Helwan city - Reuters/Stringer

A worker inside a firm in Egypt’s Helwan city - Reuters/Stringer

CAIRO – 23 April 2020: The Egyptian Cabinet said the second batch of informal workers will receive their LE 500 ($31.75) assistance for this month starting April 26th, in line with the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi amid the coronavirus crisis.

The registered workers will receive this financial aid for three months.

The state has allocated LE 100 billion to face the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to boost the social safety network and healthcare services. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on March 24 granting the Ministry of Health and Population LE 1 billion to handle the COVID-19 crisis.

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“Allowance will be delivered to eligible citizens without gatherings,” President Sisi stated in April, noting that families eligible for the LE 500 exceptional monthly allowance will be receiving LE 1,200 ($76) per month when counting ration cards and subsidized bread.

During a Cabinet meeting held earlier in April, Minster of Manpower Mohamed Saafan said, “During a two-week registration period for irregular workers, the ministry’s database received 2 million applications; however, after examining the applications, nearly 1.5 million workers were considered eligible for receiving the monthly aid, and will start cashing it as of Monday”.

About 1,100 outlets affiliated with the Principal Bank for Development and Agriculture Credit (PBDAC) are ready to welcome the workers daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is in addition to 4,000 post offices and 600 schools.

A text message will be sent to those eligible for cashing out the aid 24 hours before receiving the money. As per the message, citizens will head to the outlet and start receiving their financial aid. The government also allocated the 142 hotline to inquire about eligibility and cashing outlets.

Starting March 24, the government announced a bunch of strict protective measures against the coronavirus pandemic. The measures included imposing a night-time curfew, suspending public and private transportation during curfew hours, and closing all shops except supermarkets, grocery shops and pharmacies. Also, all restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, gymnastics centers, social clubs and civil service departments, except for those operating in the health sector, were closed.

Almost all the procedures were renewed in April. The prime minister is set to appear in a press conference today, April 23rd, to announce new measures throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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