The Government will release the cash transfer funds for vulnerable groups in a timely and consistent manner, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
The Deputy President said Wednesday that the Ministry of Labour has been tasked to ensure beneficiaries receive payments at the same time as government employees to ensure a seamless process.
“I am now optimistic that with the measures that the Government put in place including investments in technology, the beneficiaries of the cash transfer programme will soon be receiving their money at the same time with civil servants,” said Mr Ruto during the official opening of the second Social Protection Conference at the School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi.
The programme mainly targets older persons, orphans, vulnerable children and persons living with disabilities.
He said the 1.3 million beneficiaries of will be enrolled into the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
“It is my pleasure to announce here that the 1.3 million citizens who include 365,232 orphans and vulnerable children, 530,000 elderly persons over the age of 70 and 89,992 people in the Hunger Safety Net programme will be enrolled into NHIF,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government, in the last four years, has invested heavily in social protection.
“The Government has spent Sh66 billion on the cash transfer programmes for needy and vulnerable populations including orphans and senior citizens allocating more funds every year across the board,” said Mr Ruto.
“In the current financial year, the Government has allocated a total amount of Sh 25 billion to cash transfer programmes.”
Present were Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya , UNICEF’s Country Representative Werner Schultink, MPs Ali Wario (Parliamentary Labour and Social Welfare Committee chairman), his Senate counterpart Johnstone Sakaja, David Sankok (Nominated), Isaac Mwaura (nominated) and Kiprotich Cherargei (Nandi).