—–Over 10,000 vulnerable people are to benefit from the social cash transfer programme on the Copperbelt which is beginning this year.
Meanwhile Copperbelt Provincial Social Welfare Officer, Chrissy Hilweele, has warned civil servants that have been recruited to facilitate the programme against frustrating the programme through which government aims at improving the welfare of the less privileged in society.
Speaking during the training workshop for the Social Cash Transfer pay point managers in Kitwe yesterday, Mr Hilweele urged the trainees to dedicate themselves to the programme to ensure that it becomes a success.
He noted that the success of the programme will also help to fulfil the pro-poor policy of the PF government.
Mr Hilweele further noted that the Social Cash Transfer was helping the poor to improve their access to economic opportunities thereby helping to improve their self-esteem.
He added that the Social Cash Transfer was also helping to cushion the adverse impact of the liberalised market economy on the poor.
The Social Cash Transfer is a government funded programme under which the selected vulnerable people in society are assisted with money to help them improve their livelihood.
The programme, which was piloted in Eastern and Southern Provinces, has since been extended to the Copperbelt where the selected beneficiaries will begin receiving the money this year.