Gov't Rolls Out Elderly Monthly Grant Program


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approved geneva;”>The grant was launched in 2011 by president Museveni under the Expansion of Social Production program, as a pilot project covering only 96000 elders in 14 districts.

The Commissioner of Planning in the ministry of Gender Stephen Kasaija revealed on Thursday that the program had showed tremendous progress and that government was ready to roll it out across the nation.

“We are still doing more feasibility studies in collaboration with ministry of finance, but as of now we have obtained data that the project had done a great deal in enhancing the livelihoods of elderly persons especially those living in remote areas,” Kasaija said.

The Commissioner added, “some of them have used the money to jointly open up development projects like purchasing cattle, as well as other productive ventures. We believe that when everyone is brought on board very soon, our country’s escalating elderly population will not be in much peril.”

The pilot project he said is ending in February 2015, from which the countrywide program will be launched.

Kasaija therefore refuted allegations that the project was entirely being funded by foreign donors, revealing that even this year’s national budget had set aside Shs2billion for the program,

The revelation came ahead of the upcoming cerebrations of the international day of the elderly scheduled for October 1, at Esingu grounds in Kaberamaido district.

“This year’s theme will be ‘The future we want: aging with security and dignity’ selected in the spirit of active aging and promotion of productivity among older persons,” noted the State Minister for Gender Lukia Nakadama while unveiling the day’s program at Media center.

She noted that the cerebrations were to remind government that older persons need services geared towards aging with security in such areas as income and health.


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