Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui has assured the elderly and vulnerable in Nakuru that the government will provide enough security and health measures during the disbursement of the Sh8.5 billion to the elderly and the vulnerable.
Under the the cash-transfer dubbed Inua Jamii programme,the money is meant that is being disbursed through bank agents i meant to cushion them against negative effects of coronavirus pandemic. .
“The department of Labour and Social Protection in collaboration with the police have put in place proper mechanisms to ensure there is security and process of payment is free from any hitch,” said Mbui.
The Nakuru County Commissioner’s sentiments coming even as the government form Monday this week rolls-out Sh8.75 billion to the elderly and poor under the cash transfer programmes run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.
The money will be paid to one million people through four banks (KCB, Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank and Post Bank) contracted to pay the beneficiaries.
According to the PS Ministry of Labour Nelson Marwa, each beneficiary will receive Sh 8,000 payment for months of January- February and March- April.
Marwa also stating that the government would also release Sh500 million owed to persons living with disabilities as directed by President Kenyatta last week.
“The Ministry of Labour has adopted a multi-agency approach in the payment process in Ministry of Interior, county governments, Ministry of Health, elected leaders and ministries to ensure seamless coordination,” said Marwa.
In order to contain further spread of the virus, the PS has advised all the beneficiaries to utilise mobile banking, ensure social distancing and ensure all biometric devices have been cleaned and sanitized regularly.
The government is rolling out a new payment model for the Inua Jamii elderly cash transfer program to enhance efficiency.
The new model is through banking, as the current card-based system is being phased out.
The model involves the opening of bank accounts for the beneficiaries with their preferred banking institutions before 10th February 2019 deadline.
The current beneficiaries under the Inua Jamii cash transfer programs are the orphans and vulnerable children (CT-OVC), older persons cash transfer (OPTC) and persons with severe disabilities (PWSD).
Speaking at Menengai Social Hall in Nakuru East Sub County during mobilization forum for the elderly persons, Mary Kirugumi from the Social Development in Nakuru Town East however said no new beneficiaries will be registered.
“Under this program the activity that we are doing is migration of all the beneficiaries from the old payment model to the new one where each individual will have a personal bank account” said Ms Kirugumi.
Under the new payment system, beneficiaries will be able to receive their payment directly to their bank accounts and can withdraw at any time even through bank agents at the grass root level.
Ms Kirugumi says this is an advantage to the beneficiaries who used to queue long hours in banks to get the payments.
“The new thing about the new payment system is that the beneficiaries will have several withdrawal options including agents at the grass root level” she said.
In order to have the right records of the beneficiaries, committees have been formed that will help serve a as linkage between the Ministry’s departments and the beneficiaries.
The committees will be able to provide crucial information concerning the beneficiaries at the grass root level.
“The main objective is to provide a link between the Ministry and the benefici9aries at grass root level” said Ms Kirugumi.
The four contracted banks by the government under the program are Equity, KCB, Cooperative and Post Bank.
The mobilizing teams that comprise of officials from the payment service providers contracted banks and those from the ministry of labor and social protection are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the target beneficiaries have no prior Inua Jamii accounts.
The exercise which aims at making the cash transfer stipends through banks and mobile money will also clean up any malpractices in the program.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Ms Mary Kirugumi from the Social Development in Nakuru Town East addressing media at Menengai Social Hall in Nakuru East Sub County during mobilization forum for the Inua Jamii cash transfer program.