MVR 394.4 million disbursed as income support

Customers at the local market in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Maldivian government has disbursed MVR 394.4 million as income support allowance, introduced to provide financial support to the people whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic so they are able to meet their essential needs.

According to the statistics released by Finance Ministry, income support allowance was disbursed to 21,761 applicants by April 8.

The MVR 5,000 income support allowance is disbursed through National Social Protection Agency (NSPA).

Those who have been laid off or put on no-pay leave or lost their source of income will receive the full MVR 5,000, while those who have been subjected to pay or income reductions, resulting in them earning lower than MVR 5,000, will receive the difference.

While only those whose income were affected from March onwards were initially eligible for the allowance, the criteria for eligibility for the allowance was later expanded to allow people whose income have been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic as far back as December 2019, instead of March 2020, to seek income support.

Job Center stated this Wednesday that 99.9 percent of eligible applicants have now been disbursed their income support allowance.

Meanwhile, the payment of applicants who failed to submit necessary documents before the deadline but were later given a second chance, is being processed.

Information on applicants granted income support, as well as information on rejected applications and the reasons, are available on the JobCenter portal.