Sozavo denies late payments child allowance in Wanica
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing (Sozavo) recently denied that there is a delay in the payments of child allowance in the Wanica District. The AUSV department of the ministry will reportedly start with the payments of 2015 in the Wanica District on October 3. The acting head of the AUSV, Monche Atompai, made it clear in the ministry’s press release that there is delay in the payment of general child allowance (AKB). According to the current system, the Wanica District is the last district on the list because it has the most households and because it also has the fastest growing number of children. Reports indicate that AKB was given to 19,008 in the Wanica District in 2015 and that SRD 10 million was put aside for Wanica’s AKB. Sozavo makes the payments once every year. Atompai made it clear that the accusations that suggest that the money does not end up in the hands of the less fortunate are not true. The AUSV is the ministry’s body that is tasked with making the AKB payments and clear procedures must be followed when payments are made. MP Krishna Hussainali-Mathoera (VHP) had previously indicated that there was a payment issue with the AKB in the Wanica District. She explained that the people needed the money urgently especially now that many of them have been hit hard by the economic crisis. The VHP legislator made it clear that the payments of state child allowance must take place on time. She pointed out that SRD 800 million was approved for Sozavo’s budget but that the ministry nevertheless has huge delays in AKB payments. She also pointed out that the money does not end up in the hands of the less fortunate who really need it.