Estidama program to end in June

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AMMAN — The Estidama program, including all its branches, will come to an end in June and is more likely to not be renewed, according to Social Security Corporation (SSC) Assistant Director-General Mohammed Odeh, Al-Rai daily reported.اضافة اعلان

Estidama covers 50 percent of workers’ wages in businesses and organizations that are unable to operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Himayah extends that coverage to those employed in tourism and transportation.

On December 31, 2021 Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh issued Defense Order 52, which extended the coverage of the Estidama and Himayah programs until the end of June 2022.

According to Odeh, Estidama costs around JD30 million, of which JD20 million is covered by the government, while the remaining JD10 million is paid by the SSC.

Since the program was extended, those employed at companies benefiting from Himayah and Estidama Plus and registered for social security will not face salary cuts, Odeh said.

Around 24,000 institutions and 41,000 workers are expected to benefit from the extension of the Estidama program, according to Odeh, who noted that Defense Order 52 will reduce the cost of subscription from 21.75 percent to 13.5 percent for beneficiary institutions.

Determining which institutions are eligible for support, they have to fulfil specific requirements on a monthly basis, Odeh explained. To be eligible for Estidama support, a company has to prove it was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic the month prior.

Applications to request support from the Estidama program open on February 20, under which employers will cover 60 percent of the workers and the SSC will contribute 40 percent, Odeh said.

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