National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yattani, has Thursday proposed the allocation of Ksh 37.8 billion for social protection and affirmative actions in the 2020/2021 budget.
Out of this allocation, Ksh 16.7 billion will cater for cash transfers to elderly persons, Ksh 7.9 billion for orphans and vulnerable children and Ksh 1.2 billion for persons with disabilities.
The proposed allocation also includes Ksh 4.1 billion for the Kenya Hunger Safety Net Programme, Ksh 3.7 billion for the Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact Project.
In addition, Ksh 933.8 million will go to the Child Welfare Society of Kenya; Ksh 400 million for the Presidential Bursary for the orphans; and Ksh 200 million for National Development Fund for Persons living with Disabilities.
On empowering the youth and supporting businesses owned by youth, women and persons living with disabilities, the CS has set aside Ksh 10.0 billion for the National Youth Service; Ksh 4.2 billion for the Kenya Youth Empowerment and Opportunities Project; Ksh 454.1 million for the Youth Enterprise Development Fund; Ksh 120 million for the Women Enterprise Fund; and Ksh 62.0 million for the Youth Employment and Enterprise Fund.
The Government in order to address and promote regional equity, reduce poverty and enhance social development, has set aside Ksh 41.7 billion for the National Government Constituency Development Fund; Ksh 2.1 billion for the National Government Affirmative Action Fund; as well as Ksh 6.8 billion for the Equalization Fund to finance programmes in previously marginalized areas.
On the Equalization Fund, arising from the High Court ruling declaring the Equalization Fund Guidelines unconstitutional, the National Treasury has developed the Public Finance Management (Equalization Fund) Regulations, 2021, which is now before Parliament for consideration and approval.
In light of this, CS Yattani in order to provide basic services to previously marginalized areas as envisaged under the Constitution of Kenya, the concerned County Governments have been allocated Ksh 6.8 billion.
This year’s budget is the second to be read under the Covid-19 pandemic, which has heavily affected the country’s economy.
By Beth Nyaga