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Orphans, elderly, disabled to get sh2,000 upkeep

CBD.

The government has rolled out a scheme that will see at least Sh20 million disbursed to the elderly and disabled in the County every month.

The cash transfer that targets persons of over 65 years, orphans and vulnerable children will see at least 10,081 county residents start receiving Sh2,000 every month.

This figure is the minimal mandatory number and will scale up after poverty index evaluation, according to the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and services Kazungu Kambi.

“It is a specific intervention that we expect will reduce poverty amongst this group of vulnerable persons in society.

At least 523 elderly residents and 70 disabled persons from each of the 17 constituencies will benefit,” said Kambi.

Beneficiaries will be determined by constituencies’ committees headed by the respective Members of Parliament.

Other members of the committee will include the woman representative who will be an ex-official, the area District Commissioner and a yet to be determined number of members of the public.

“Most of these persons have no jobs and are unable to generate income to sustain their basic needs and these cash transfers will greatly assist them,” added Kambi.

The cash transfers are also aimed at improving food security in the county, stemming out child labour especially in city slums.

Most of the target beneficiaries will be residents who fall below the poverty line according to the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Ali Noor Ismael.

The poverty line is estimated at Sh2,913 per adult per month.