Deputy Minister of Community Development Ingrid Mphande says her ministry will effectively and efficiently facilitate the provision of equitable social protection.
Ms. Mphande says this is in line with government’s primary goal to reduce poverty and uplift the living standards of people in the country.
She said this in Gwembe district yesterday when she officially opened a welfare centre in Munyumbwe community.
The centre aims at improving the living standards of the people in the area.
She said government has embarked on a number of developmental programmes aimed at reducing poverty and inequality especially among the vulnerable.
Ms. Mphande further that under the women empowerment programme, women’s clubs were supported through grants and entrepreneurship skills.
She said in the non-formal and skills training programme, illiteracy levels were being reduced among youths and adults with special focus on girls and women through improved delivery of literacy services.
Ms. Mphande said her ministry contributes towards national food security especially among vulnerable households through the provision of farming inputs.
She said government has also increased its funding to the social cash transfer scheme programme by 700 percent noting that 50 new districts were implementing the programme.