The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has completed a massive national validation exercise to ensure that all those enrolled into the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Programme are brought on board.
Social Protection Principal Secretary Mr. Nelson Marwa said the Ministry had embarked on a massive Inua Jamii clinics validation exercise countrywide covering all the 47 counties to address cases pertaining to the programme.
“The validation exercise addressed the 10,917 exceptions from the March-June 2019 payroll, identified ineligible beneficiaries and deceased beneficiaries for exit from the payroll,” said Marwa.
Marwa explained that the objective of the programme was to provide a social protection safety net through regular and predictable cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households taking care of people in the three categories to enable them exploit their human potential and live a dignified life.
He said to date, 1, 096, 963 beneficiaries had successfully opened bank accounts and 1,070,176 beneficiaries were put in the March-June 2019 payroll.
The Principal Secretary disclosed that the 833,129 beneficiaries of Older Persons Cash Transfer have so far received Sh55, 928,077,901, the 353,000 beneficiaries of Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children received Sh62, 629,105,711, while 47, 000 beneficiaries of Cash Transfer for Persons with Severe Disabilities got Sh7, 128,000,000 respectively.
Marwa added that the beneficiaries of the scheme receive payment through their individual bank accounts adding that the intention of the government was to ensure that all the beneficiaries enrolled into the programme are brought on board.
In July, the government released Sh8.5 billion for the March-June cycle to be paid to beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the scheme in Baringo County have lauded the fund saying it had enabled them to pay school fees, medical bills, meet family obligations and their desired investment needs.
Speaking at the Family Life Centre in Marigat Town, the beneficiaries commended the government for the people-friendly and humane fund, saying more people should be captured in the arid and semi-arid area and brought on board.
They appreciated the role played by the fund’s officers in the county and national government administrators, saying they always answer their questions timely and explain vividly other emerging issues regarding identification of beneficiaries, registration process and disbursement of funds.
By Joseph Kamuto Mwangi