Government to provide Covid-19 cash relief transfer to the poor

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison has announced that government through her ministry is set to disburse the Covid-19 Cash Relief Transfer to the poor and vulnerable in society.

This cash transfer programme is a one-off temporary cash relief targeted at 125,000 specific vulnerable individuals and households, who are not on any social protection programmes, but are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Relief Cash Transfer payment ranges from GHS 220.00 up to GHCS 550.00 and will be paid in instalment in November 2020 and January 2021.

In a statement signed by the gender minister, she stated that “the support will enable beneficiaries to meet their basic nutritional needs and improve their livelihoods to protect themselves against the coronavirus pandemic while mitigating its impact of poverty reduction efforts in Ghana.”

The beneficiaries include homeless persons (in Accra and Kumasi), persons living with disabilities, persons in alleged witch camps, persons affected by floods as well as other extremely poor and vulnerable persons in the poorest regions of Ghana,” Cynthia Morrison added.

Although the minister did not mention the mode of payment, she however urged persons with complaints or questions about the government’s Covid-19 Cash Relief Transfer to call the toll-free number (0800 800 800 or 0800 800 900) of the Single Window Citizens Engagement Service under the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection.

Source: Fauzeeya Jamal-deen

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