Starting tomorrow, the State will kick off the process of paying a total of KSh 4,377,292,000 Cash Transfers to vulnerable groups.
The payment – which covers May-June 2020 payment cycle, is for 1 million beneficiaries under the Government’s Inua Jamii program.
Each of those in the venerable group will receive KSh 4,000. Details from the State Department for Social Protection show that only those in the Inua Jamii program and whose accounts had been submitted successfully to the Consolidated Cash Transfer Management Information System(CCTPMIS) by close of business 2nd June 2020, will receive the cash.
These payments to vulnerable groups come at a time when the country is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The usual crowding of beneficiaries during payments is expected to pose a greater risk of either contracting and or spreading the virus.
A majority of beneficiaries are older persons who also could be having underlying health problems and thus have a higher risk of contracting coronavirus.
The State Department for Social Protection has thus advised County Officers dealing with Children, those with disability and Social Development Officers at the Sub County to follow all health safety protocols.
The Government is advising these public officers to liaise with Payment Service Providers(PSPs), Public Health Officers, and local administrators to ensure guidelines on the fight against COVID-19 are strictly adhered to during the payment period.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to use mobile electronic wallets to receive the payments. PSPs are allowed to use mobile cashless payment options during the payment period. A customized payroll for each county has already been sent out.
“Those not in the current payroll and those that were not migrated in phase 3, will be retargeted at a later date that will be communicated,” said Nelson Marwa, Principal Secretary, State Department for Social Protection.
Account opening for new caregivers is still ongoing with respective Payment Service Providers. All bank-related complaints such as lost cards or failed bios are to be reported to the nearest respective bank for action.
The Ministry of Interior is registering the recipients of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Therefore, those locked out of the Inua Jamii program are encouraged to register.
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