Government to roll out programme for elderly next month

The Government will start paying elderly persons aged 70 years and above next month under the Inua jamii programme.

Speaking during a validation process with stakeholders in her office on Friday, Trans Nzoia County Coordinator for Social Development, Leah Nyaga, said the corroboration process which will take Nine days will see over 10,000 elderly persons in the region get a stipend of Sh2, 000 per month beginning May 2018.

The registration of the programme took place last year between July and August and was an expansion from the older persons programme.

Under the programme, pensioners who are 70 plus are not eligible to the programme which is aimed at improving lives of the elderly through monthly cash transfers.

Under the programme, beneficiaries will get a bi-monthly stipend of Sh.4, 000 through approved Payment Service Providers (PSP).

Among the PSPs are Equity Bank, Co-operative Bank, Post Bank and KCB which were picked owing to their proximity to beneficiaries.

According to Nyaga, the validation exercise will be launched on Monday at the County Headquarters.

All those who were registered will be expected to go in person to various validation centres in the location with their original Identification Cards.

The validation is meant to allow those registered to enrolled in the programme and also remove from the register those who have died.

The PSPs will on their part be required to provide beneficiaries with a card that will enable them access the funds.

Other Cash Transfer Programmes being offered by the government include cash transfer for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Older Persons Cash Transfer, Persons with Disabilities Cash Transfer and the Hunger Safety Net Programme.

Meanwhile, over 800,000 households are currently benefiting from the programmes which are costing the government Sh.21 billion annually.

Source: Kenya News Agency