JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Published — Saturday 19 January 2013
Last update 19 January 2013 4:22 pm
An official at the Ministry of Social Affairs has said that the ministry will allocate SR 3.5 billion to special programs for beneficiaries from social security system provided by the ministry.
“Nine programs will benefit from the budget allocation, such as support programs, home restoration projects, health insurance, financial assistance for school bags and uniforms and cash assistance for food program,” said Khalid Al-Thubaiti, director of management of support programs at the ministry. Al-Thubaiti added that part of the allocation will cover payment of electricity bills, in addition to pensions and aids and women’s kitchen projects in Riyadh and others regions.
He pointed out that the number of productive families reached more than 2,500 families in the Kingdom that benefit from the financial aids allocated for social programs, with their estimated revenues of nearly SR 31 million for last year.
Al-Thubaiti's speech came on the sidelines of an exhibition in Riyadh showcasing the work of productive families with the participation of 17 such families. “The social security administration is working on social partnerships with charity organization to organize such exhibitions in order to support productive families in promoting their products,” said Al-Thubaiti. “And there are ad hoc advisory groups for all social security programs.”