State to Shift Payment Mode for Inua Jamii to M-Pesa

The government has revealed its intention to change how it pays the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Programme from bank accounts to M-Pesa, according to the Ministry for Labour and Social Protection.

However, the Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT) scheme will not be affected by this change and will still get their money through bank accounts, as stated by Florence Bore, the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection.

“The M-Pesa payments will start for OVC-CT and PWSD-CT in the first phase. Older Persons Cash Transfer (OP-CT) beneficiaries will not see any difference in how they receive their funds through their bank accounts,” said Bore in a statement.

The beneficiaries of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Persons With Severe Disabilities (PWSD) categories are the main targets of this change.

This change is meant to improve the effectiveness, ease, and safety of the cash transfer system, reducing the fees and delays that often come with bank accounts.

The Ministry said that the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Programme disbursed Ksh.2.089 billion in December 2023, reaching around one million households.The government also disbursed Ksh .5.93 million for the Nutrition Improvement Programme, which focuses on children under five years, pregnant, and lactating women in some counties.

This planned change aims to simplify the distribution process, ensuring more reliable and secure delivery of funds to the recipients of these crucial social support programs.

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