300K households set to receive cash assistance for March

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AMMAN — About 300,000 households are set to receive direct cash assistance from the National Aid Fund (NAF) for March, the fund's director, Omar Mashaqbeh, told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

The payments, totaling JD50 million, include regular, temporary and recurring monthly cash transfers, Mashaqbeh said, adding that the fund will today transfer the assistance to about 115,000 families accessing the recurring monthly assistance program and supplementary aid scheme, according to Petra.

This is in addition to 12,000 most-in-need families benefiting from the additional financial aid program, he pointed out.

According to the NAF director, the fund has already deposited cash assistance to around 85,000 families eligible for assistance under the supplementary aid program "Takaful 1" and to some 87,000 families placed under the temporary cash assistance program "Takaful 3", which targets households who are hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the number of beneficiary households comprises 20 percent of the total number of Jordanian families currently residing in the Kingdom. Mashaqbeh described the figure as one the “highest coverage rates in the world”.

He added that about 150,000 of the households are first-time beneficiaries, indicating that the expansion of social protection programs is the largest in the history of the Kingdom, and was ordered by His Majesty the King in a 2020 visit to the fund.