Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan - Press photo
CAIRO – 11 May 2020: Egypt started Monday to disburse President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s grant for 737,000 irregular workers who missed the first stage, according to Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saffan.
Saffan said in a statement Monday, that about LE 368.5 million will be disbursed for those who failed to exchange the irregular workers grant in the previous stage from today until 14 of this month, indicating that the total number of beneficiaries will reach 2.037 million.
Earlier, President Sisi approved the disbursement of a grant of LE 500 for a total of 1,500 for 3 months, as a support from the Egyptian state for irregular workers affected by the repercussions of new corona virus, through 4000 postal outlets nationwide and 600 schools in some governorates.
He emphasized that the total amount of the grant from the first payment in full amounted to LE 1.018 billion, after checking their data from nearly 4 million workers who applied through the electronic system of the Ministry of Manpower during the last period.
The state has allocated LE100 billion to face the repercussions of the pandemic, including boosting the social safety network, and healthcare services.
Egypt spent LE 40 billion out of LE 100 billion allocated to counter the negative repercussions of coronavirus pandemic, according to Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma’it.
Ma’it clarified during a cabinet meeting, Thursday, that it included the provision of about LE 5.1 billion in additional allocations for the Ministry of Health, and LE 5 billion for the Ministry of Supply to provide additional needs of food supplies and wheat.
He added that it also included allocating LE 10 billion to pay the dues of contractors and suppliers to help them pay their obligations and workers ’salaries.
Finance Minister also referred to the allocation of about LE 10 billion to sectors affected by the coronavirus, most notably tourism and aviation.