Pensions rise by 20% in 2014: Min. of Social Solidarity
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly - YOUM7/Hassan Tallal

CAIRO: The pension system is being improved and will increase in the next phase by 20 percent, Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly said Saturday, according toYoum7.

The government will target the poorest governorates, Waly told Al-Youm channel and will distribute 9,000 pregnant livestock throughout the 13 poorest governorates and the big numbers of calves to distribute meat to citizens.

Minister of Health Adel Adawy said they will include pension deservers, about 1.2 million citizens, for health insurance through cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Youm7 reported.

The government set care for the poor as a priority and the Ministry of Social Solidarity focused on providing invalidity pensions, which is pension for those who are unable to work, Waly said according to Dostor.

Waly said in a Saturday press conference that invalidity pensions increased by 50 percent since March and that the ministry now focused on offering facilities for invalidity pension deservers in the fields of transport and health.

There is 5.7 billion EGP in the new budget allocated to cover the increased exceptional pensions, Waly said and that pension rose by 20 percent in 2014 after two increases in January and July.

She added that raising working women pensions is being researched and pension deservers will be given “golden cards” to be able to take transportation for lowered prices.

Additional reporting by Ibrahim Hassan.

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