Social safety net widens | 2019-06-14 |

Social safety net widens

Special Correspondent

14 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government in the new national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year has proposed Tk 74,367 crore to bring more people under the social safety net.

The proposed allocation is 14.21 percent of the total budget and 2.58 percent of the GDP, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said while placing the budget in parliament on Thursday.

The ruling Awami League in its election manifesto 2018 pledged to double budgetary allocation for the expansion of the social safety net, he mentioned.

In the revised budget of FY2018-19, the allocation for social protection was Tk 64,404 crore, he added.

Under the proposed  budget, state honorarium for the freedom fighters will be increased to Tk 12,000 from Tk 10,000; the number of recipients of adult allowances to be increased to 44 lakh from 40 lakh; the number of recipients of allowances for widows and victims of domestic violence to be increased to 17 lakh from 14 lakh.

The number of beneficiaries of allowances for insolvent persons with disabilities will be increased from one million to 15.4 lakh. The number of recipients of stipends for disabled students will be increased to one lakh from 90,000.

The rate of stipends will be increased from Tk 700 to Tk 750 for primary students, from Tk 750 to Tk 800 for secondary students and from Tk 850 to Tk 900 for higher secondary students.

To bring all the third gender people under the social safety net, the number of beneficiaries of Third Gender Livelihood Development programmes will be increased to 6,000; additional 20,000 beneficiaries from the gypsies and disadvantaged communities to be included in the current list of 64,000 persons.

The number of beneficiaries of the financial assistance programme for patients suffering from cancer, kidney, liver cirrhosis, those paralysed due to stroke and congenital heart diseases will be increased to 30,000 from 15,000.

The number of beneficiaries of the livelihood development programmes for the tea garden workers will be increased to 50,000 from 40,000.

The number of beneficiaries of maternity allowances for poor mothers will be increased to 7.70 lakh from 7 lakh.

The number of beneficiaries under the lactating mothers’ assistance programmes will increased to 2.75 lakh from 2.50 lakh.

Priority has been given to ensuring selection of genuine beneficiaries with an aim to enhance the effectiveness of the social safety net programmes.

To this end, steps have been taken to set up MIS for all programmes and database for all beneficiaries. Payments are being made directly from the government to the beneficiaries through G2P system.

“We are also providing disability allowances, stipends for the disabled students, disability support services and financial assistance for disabled students,” the finance minister said.