2)–Social cash scheme receives boost

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Luwingu district social welfare office
has received about 100 bicycles to help the community welfare
assistant committees (CWAC) in monitoring and implementation of social
cash transfer in the district.

District Social welfare officer Prisca Mwanza disclosed this during a
stakeholder meeting held at the council chamber yesterday that
government through the ministry of community mother and child health
has procured and delivered the bicycles in order to improve mobility
of the CWAC in the district.

Ms Mwanza said the each community welfare assistant committee would be
given three bicycles to help monitor the beneficiaries of social cash
transfer in their respective CWAC.

And Luwingu district administrative officer Deodatus Munsungwe said
social cash transfer aimed at reducing extreme poverty among
households with little or no capacity to work.

He said that the households are enrolled in the programme if they meet
certain conditions such as residency test which require households
live in same catchment area for at least six (6) months, incapacity
test and the living condition test.

Mr. Munsungwe explained that incapacity test, a household should
composed with member unfit to work or too young less than 19 and
elderly of 65 years and above and those suffering from disability and
chronically ill which make them unable to work while the living
condition should show that they are actually poor and need support.

He said that the members of the community are asked to confirm the
beneficiary list and certify adding that those who fail the living
condition but meet the other test are not among the poorest to be
considered.

The district administrative officer emphasis people should be informed
that cash transfer is granted to household that meet the criteria and
for the period of three years only.

Mr. Munsungwe appealed the stakeholders to help the district social
welfare office to explain the importance of social cash transfer in
the community because results have shown that individuals and
households accessing the cash transfer in the district have seen
improvement in their living condition.

He said children who were failing to access school education are now
able and hunger has also been reduced adding households are eating
three meals a day.

Mr. Munsungwe warned community welfare assistant committees to benefit
from the new bicycles that he will not hesitate to withdraw them if
found been misused or used for personal errands and not that of its
intended purpose.

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