GOVERNMENT has released K2.2 million to pay beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer scheme in Kapiri Mposhi.
And government has increased the bi-monthly payable amount under the Social Cash Transfer scheme from the current K360 to K600 for people living with disabilities and K180 to K300 for other beneficially categories that include the aged, chronically ill and child and women headed households.
The funds are meant to pay bi-monthly cash transfers for January and February 2021 to 6,160 vulnerable persons enlisted on the scheme in the district.
District Commissioner Smart Mwila confirmed the development in an interview.
Mwila, who monitored the payment of the funds, which commenced last week, called on the beneficiary groups to utilise the funds on ventures that would improve their livelihoods.
“We are happy that the government has released these funds but we also want to appeal to the beneficiaries not to use the money on consumption alone but to invest part of it in small businesses that will sustain and give them daily income,” Mwila said.
And the government has increased the bi-monthly payable amount under the Social Cash Transfer scheme.
People living with disabilities will now be getting K600 from the current K360 while other beneficially categories that include the aged, child and women headed households would be getting K300 from K180.
Mwila noted that doubling the transfer level in payable amounts would have higher impact on poverty reduction among the vulnerable beneficiary groups of the SCT programme.
He disclosed that the government had also approved the increase in the number of beneficiaries of SCT from 6,160 to 8,100 vulnerable persons in the district this year.
He noted that the increase in the number of beneficiaries was aimed at providing sufficient coverage of many vulnerable people to significantly access resources to reduce poverty.
“The increase in amount and number of beneficiaries is an attempt by the government to reduce poverty and vulnerability in a sustainable and cost effective way,” said Mwila.
And beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer programme in Kapiri Mposhi commended the government for increasing the amount payable to them.
On behalf of others, Samson Chamba said the increase would positively impact the livelihoods of vulnerable families in rural communities.
“We thank President Lungu and his government that God is working through him to take care of us the vulnerable in society,” said Chamba.