27 Mar 2014 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - The social benefit for foster children as well as orphans and vulnerable children will be increased to N.dollars 250 in the 2014/15 financial year.
This was announced by President Hifikepunye Pohamba during his last State of the Nation address delivered in the capital on Thursday.
Addressing a packed National Assembly (NA), the Head of State said Government will continue to fulfil its social obligation and provide social benefits to the targeted groups as a means of lifting people from extreme poverty.
Steps will also be taken during the new financial year to register all Namibians who are eligible for social benefits and to ensure that they receive what is due to them. This is an urgent matter because, for some of our people, this will be their only source of income, Pohamba said.
The Head of State explained that as matter of principle, all of the countrys social and economic policy interventions must be inclusive, adding that the rationale behind this core belief is that no Namibian should be left behind in terms of social and economic development efforts in the country.
This principle, he said, should always guide Namibias actions in bringing justice and relief for its people, especially those who have suffered the indignity of segregation and exclusion over decades.
It is incumbent upon us to ensure that women, children, the youth, veterans of the liberation struggle, people with disabilities, as well as residents of rural areas and informal settlements, are given opportunities to fulfil their potential and enjoy access to basic services, he stressed.
Moreover, as part of the countrys anti-poverty interventions, Pohamba said Government is paying special attention to the development of rural areas.
He noted that this will be done with the aim of undoing the legacies of the past, as a result of which rural areas suffer disproportionately from under-development, marked by a lack of infrastructure and public services.
Currently, the monthly grant for orphans and vulnerable children stands at N.dollars 200.