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Gov’t to enlist PWSDs for Cash Transfer

The Government will on August 31st, 2021, kick-off a countrywide exercise of reinstating Persons with Severe Disability Cash Transfer (PwSD-CT) beneficiaries that were left out of the Consolidated Cash Transfer Programme Management Information System.

The exercise that is expected to end on September 24th, 2021, will be conducted through the State Department for Social Protection and led by National Council for Persons with Disabilities in all the 47 counties, is retargeting the 12,464 beneficiaries who were previously registered under the PwSD -CT.

The retargeting exercise that involves locating Households that were previously benefiting from the PwSD cash transfer and not targeting new beneficiaries.

According to the Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Social Protection, Mr. Nelson Marwa, a total of 290 enumerators, have already been shortlisted to carry out the retargeting exercise and will be assisted by the Disability Services Officers, Children Officers and Social Development Officers in the 47 counties.

“The enumerators will undertake the listing and registration exercise for households traced and those who meet the criteria for PwSD programme,” said Marwa.

He at the same time announced that beneficiaries who are now deceased, untraceable or have relocated will be recorded, of which their update forms will be filled and later have them replaced.

“The government is urging care givers to acquire the necessary documents for the exercise which include the Kenyan national Identification Card (ID), Birth Certificate and a passport photograph of the person with severe disability,” stressed the PS.

Marwa also disclosed that the Ministry will later carry out a similar exercise to  target other cash transfer beneficiaries, among them orphans and the vulnerable children and older persons aged 70 and above.

By Bernadette Khaduli

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