Morocco to provide COVID-19 stipend to 4.3m workers in the informal sector
London, April 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Moroccan government is paying a total of 4.3 million families headed by workers in the informal sector stipends to cushion the economic effect of COVID-19, said the minister of economy, finance, and administrative reform, Mohamed Benchaaboun.
The stipend will be distributed from the Special Fund for the Management and Response to COVID-19, which collected MAD 32 billion as of April 24.
In response to a question in the House of Representatives, Benchaaboun stressed that 4.3 million households whose heads have a Medical Assistance Plan (RAMED) card and whose works have been suspended due to the nationwide lockdown will receive the stipend-About 38% of the households come from rural areas.
The minister added that specialized teams have been mobilized to ensure the success of the operation through digitization.
He explained that the teams developed computer programs in record time while using mobile phones as their primary means of communication with the heads of households. Benchaaboun also noted that operations made approximately 16,000 aid distribution points available, including ATMs.
The operation allowed the government to distribute more than 80% of financial aid to Moroccan households concerned, including those in rural areas, as of April 26, according to the minister.
The aid reached 2 million households of non-RAMED holders working in the informal sector who are directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The operation began issuing aid to these households on April 23, the minister said.
The process according to Morocco World News complies with national measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and is still ongoing, Benchaaboun added.
As of 1 April, more than 700,000 workers have lost their jobs in Morocco as a result of the lockdown