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Surge in food prices prompts govt to introduce extra emergency cash transfer initiative


Government has launched the Urban Price Shock Emergency Cash Transfer meant to cushion the economic challenges faced by vulnerable communities.

This had been done through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.

Under this initiative, beneficiaries are set to receive a top up of K200 per month for a period of six months in addition to their regular Social Cash Transfer (SCT) amount.

Community Development and Social Services Minister, Doreen Mwamba, observed that the surge in prices for essential goods had left many of the citizens grappling with financial strain, making it imperative for government to take decisive action.

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Mwamba at the launch of the initiative in Kabwe District on Saturday noted government’s awareness of the economic hardships in the country driven by external factors, hence the intervention.

“The surge in prices for essential goods has left many of our citizens grappling with financial strain, making it imperative for Government to take decisive action.

“This launch demonstrates government’s firm commitment towards uplifting the welfare of our communities,” according to the Minister.

Mwamba also took the opportunity to urge members of the public to observe public health measures aimed at combating the spread of the cholera pandemic.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Benson Pensulo, thanked government for the intervention, stressing that it would go a long way in purchasing essential household items.

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