Government earmarks JD448m to ease hardship

Broad plan to create temporary jobs for nurses, secure COVID-19 vaccines

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AMMAN— The government has allocated JD448 million to conduct to ease the economic hardships resulting from COVID-19, entailing a package of plans in various sectors.اضافة اعلان

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh and Cabinet ministers announced that the mitigation plan has not affected the budget deficit, with Finance Minister Mohammad Al-Ississ announcing that Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation has exerted efforts to secure grants from donor countries to help address the crisis.

The largest portion of the total sum will go towards paying delayed dues to contractors, especially hospitals. It is expected that the JD240 million earmarked for this purpose will help reinvigorate the market. 

Another big chunk, JD113 million, is meant to sustain jobs in the private sector, in addition to a JD25 million contribution by the Social Security Investment Fund. The funds will help keep the “Istidama” program designed to curb unemployment going up to the end of the year.

Meanwhile, JD60 million was allocated to expand the social safety program, through increasing the number of households that receive direct cash support from the government by 60,000, raising the total number to 160,000.

The government will also create temporary jobs for thousands of young people, including 2,500 for nurses, who will be employed temporarily in anti-Covid programs, such as the nation-wide vaccination program, at a cost of JD10 million. The officials said that Jordan has entered in contract worth JD70 million to secure vaccines.

Thousands will also be hired in maintenance projects targeting archaeological sites and tourism destinations. The state will also help find jobs in the IT sector and will pay 50 percent of the wages.

Further measures have to mitigate the pressure of loans owed to government funds, raising the upper limit of credit facilities extended to farmers, slashing by half licensing fees on public transport vehicles and fines related to guest workers’ work permits, among others.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Sakher Dudin said details will be announced over the next week by concerned ministers.