Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Community Development has assured people in Chitipa that Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) re-targeting exercise will ensure that only eligible beneficiaries benefit from the programme.
Principal Social Welfare Officer in the Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Community Development, Ndamiwe Msiska said this on Monday during a full council meeting organised to brief members on the re-targeting exercise which the ministry is conducting across the country.
Msiska said her ministry received complaints that those targeted in SCTP are not ultra-poor and labour constrained households.
“Let me assure the council that we have rectified the problem and it is not 100 percent perfect but we have done the needful because we tried re-targeting in Mchinji and it worked.
“We are expected to re-target about 5,555 households in Chitipa District to benefit from social cash transfer programme this year,” Msiska explained.
Msiska said the programme is targeting 10 percent of the households in the district with support from Germany Government through KFW.
Senior Chief Mwenemisuku asked government to consider an increasing the amount of money SCTP beneficiaries are receiving saying the current payments does not match with the increase in prices of basic needs in the country.