Sunday 26 January, 2020

No discontinuance to food card programme, Ministry says

There will be no disruption or discontinuance of payments under the Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (Food Card) to eligible recipients.

The assurance came on Friday from the Social Development and Family Services Ministry which indicated that Food support will now be administered by the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry.

The Ministry’s statement follows claims by Couva South MP Rudy Indarsingh that 200 contract workers would be sent home toward the end of the month, as the employees reportedly received letters of notice indicating that their contracts are due to expire, and advising them to return all Ministry property by July 31.

The new measure, the Ministry said, will ensure a more holistic and integrated approach which is expected to enhance the country's social safety net through: greater efficiency and effectiveness; elimination of duplications; better targetting; and more timely delivery of services.

The Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (TCCTP) provides short to medium-term assistance to disadvantaged families through access to finance for the purchase of food items and to facilitate the achievement of sustainable growth towards empowerment and self-sufficiency.

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