Elderly, disabled and widows to get safety net allowances through MFS

The government plans to disburse social safety net allowances among elderly, disabled and widows through mobile financial services — a move that can help the country reach the targeted beneficiaries, ensure value for money and prevent misuse.

The Department of Social Services under the social welfare ministry, which runs the country’s largest social safety net programmes, has decided as part of its move to digitalise disbursement.

Under the move, it would initiate a pilot involving 13,845 beneficiaries. Last week, it wrote to four top mobile financial service carriers to run the piloting in eight union parishads in eight divisions.

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