Free Knowledge... From People... To People
Search by Date Myanmar Version Mobile Version
Updated on May 19, 2020 From The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Government Promises Cash to Families Hit by COVID-19

Naypyitaw — Myanmar’s government says it will soon provide cash assistance for those struggling across the country because of COVID-19.

The government distributed rice, cooking oil, salt, beans and onions to nearly 4 million households who lacked a regular income during the 10-day New Year holiday last month at a reported cost of around 50 billion kyats (US$36 million).

The food packages were worth 15,000 to 18,000 kyats ($11-13) depending on prices across the country. Government spokesman U Zaw Htay said the cash assistance being planned will provide around double that amount although exact amounts are not known yet.

“We plan to provide cash assistance double of that amount. We will announce it after it is confirmed,” U Zaw Htay told the media on Saturday.

The government will directly transfer mobile money to households in the next two weeks, he added.

“We have planned to make mobile payments through Wave Money and KBZ Pay, for example, which can transfer directly to households through mobile phones,” he said.

The authorities are currently negotiating with township administration departments and the Central Bank of Myanmar, and are identifying the most commonly used mobile payment systems, especially in rural areas.

Cash will be more effective than food deliveries, which are affected by transport costs, price gaps and waste, said Bago Region parliamentarian U Kyaw Zeya, who is volunteering to fight COVID-19.

“Cash can reach people directly without waste. It is more effective,” said U Kyaw Zeya.

However, it is important that lower-level administrators accurately register those in need so cash reaches the needy, he added.

U Ye Sein, a motorbike taxi rider from Sel Su village in Naypyitaw, said: “It is good, whether it is cash or food. We are really in need. Cash will be more convenient. Wave Money is fine. The service is available in rural villages.”

There was criticism on social media that food provided by the government during Thingyan did not reach those in need.

As of Monday morning, Myanmar reported 187 COVID-19 cases with six deaths and 97 recoveries.

The government has extended COVID-19 orders, including a ban on gatherings and events until the end of May.

IMAGE: The Ayeyarwady regional government providing basics to the poor in April. / Salai Thant Zin / The Irrawaddy
View : 306 | Posted by

~ Latest News ~

Mandalay cancels annual Taungbyone festival in August
Myanmar Election Commission Rebuffs Military-Backed Party, Upholds Use of National Hero’s Image
Deterioration worsen in ancient city Moe Nae in Shan State
Myanmar Govt Vows Legal Action Against Fake News Sites
Myanmar survey finds limited understanding among citizens of democracy, federalism
A member of satirical poetry troupe Peacock Generation released from prison
Quarter of a Million Myanmar Workers Left Jobless Due to COVID-19
27 illegal foreigners arrested in Mayangone Township, Yangon
Senior Myanmar Police Officer Accused of Sexual Exploitation of Female Officer
Police shoot house owner wielding a sword in Tanintharyi Region
Yangon’s Sanchaung township launches digital pet registration
Six activists charged
Arakan Army Seizes Three Soldiers’ Sons in Western Myanmar
Three crocodiles from Thailand seized in Myawady
Seized precursor chemicals and paraphernalia destroyed in Shan State
Chinese-Made Arms Due for Myanmar Seized on Thai Border
Monk Charged with Murder of Teenager in Myanmar's Magwe Region
The first aquatic museum of Myanmar will complete in December
Myanmar Seeks to Fly Illegal Migrants Home From Malaysia As More Suicides Reported Amid COVID-19
Myanmar Called to End Yearlong Internet Blackout in Volatile West
COVID-19 cases rise to 290
Local Officials Resign En Masse in Myanmar's Conflict-Torn Rakhine State
Win Htein says PanAust mining company not linked to his son-in-law
No action in Inlay Lake area despite conservation law
In Myanmar, General-Turned-Politician Hopes His Party Sees Success in Coming Election
Undocumented returnees from Thailand detained for not paying fine
General Aung San to appear on Kyat-500 banknotes
Sixth hearing for case of Saw David Lah and Wai Tun
Naw Ohn Hla will run for Yangon Karen ethnic affairs minister post
Yangon Region Parliament rejects resolution seeking to impeach Chief Minister
Recalling a Birthday Marked in Silence
Myanmar Opposition’s Bid to Impeach Yangon Chief Minister Fails
General Aung San museum and Secretariat building won’t be opened for public on coming Martyrs Day
Another Low-Level Administrator Killed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
Hungry Villagers Flee Fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine
All NLD Members of Mandalay Cabinet to Run in Myanmar’s General Election: Minister
Three Killed as Bus Plunges Off Mountain Road in Myanmar’s Shan State
Quarantined Returnees Jailed for Being Drunk and Disorderly in Myanmar
Without Work and Fearing Arrest, Undocumented Myanmar Migrants in Malaysia Take Their Own Lives
UNESCO informs Myanmar of ongoing construction tasks in Bagan
Emergency meeting of Yangon Region Parliament to be held on June 18 Yangon regional chief minister Phyo Min Thein.
Maungdaw dwellers worry about spread of COVID-19 virus
Mekong at risk of extreme weather
Arakan Army Blamed for Attack on Myanmar Border Police
Govt signs PPA for first LNG plant in Myanmar
Myanmar Extends Bans on Gatherings, Int’l Flights as Imported COVID-19 Cases Rise
Police Officer Stabbed to Death in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
Thailand to allow re-entry of Myanmar migrant workers
Myanmar extends closure of preschools to June 30
Myanmar extends COVID-19 control measures, flight restrictions
More News