By Theophelus Chuma
GOVERNMENT will review cash transfers under the harmonised social cash transfer initiative as it extends the programme to an additional ten districts countrywide.
The harmonised social cash transfer initiative which started in 2012 has been an important response vehicle for government to cushion over fifty thousand vulnerable households from across twenty-three districts.
Speaking to ZBC News Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Mr Simon Masanga said the plan is to extend this safety net to ten more districts, as government moves to protect vulnerable households.
“We are expanding the programme to ten districts on top of the twenty-three we are already working in. We are also looking at reviewing the cash transfers from the current three hundred dollars to one thousand dollars per month, he said.
Recurrent droughts have pushed an estimated 5 million people into food insecurity, according to estimates by the World Food Programme.
Government plans to continue working on this programme to cater for all the sixty-five districts, which effectively translates to cushioning of two hundred and fifty thousand households.