During her monitoring visit to Katakwi District on Thursday, Kanyike said the ministry’s technical team is developing a cabinet paper to be discussed in the cabinet on how to reduce the age of beneficiaries.
This is the first time that the elderly persons in Hoima are enrolled to benefit from the program since its inception 10 years ago. In its pilot, the government extended support to persons aged above 65 in selected districts, except for Karamoja where the bar was lowered to persons aged 60.
Patrick Katabaazi, the Executive Director of an independent Think-tank; the Centre for Budget and Tax Policy, proposes that the government enhances the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) program, to support more vulnerable persons with direct cash transfers during this time.
Committee Chairperson Alex Ndeezi says that the Ministry has prepared a national rollout plan which requires 45.58 billion Shillings to cater for additional 204,771 beneficiaries. He argues that without the funds, it will not be possible to rollout SAGE across the country.