130 000 grant applications rejected

28 April 2020 | Disasters

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



The ministry of finance has so far rejected 133 768 Emergency Income Grant (EIG) applications out of a total 890 980 received.

The grant is aimed at providing people working in the informal sector of the economy with income during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Government rolled out the grant as part of its N$8.1 billion stimulus package. Recipients each received a one-off amount of N$750 as part of the package.



Be patient

The ministry of finance has asked applicants to be patient as many applications are still being assessed.



“We are appealing to EIG applicants who have not been paid up to now to give us time until Wednesday this week.

“During the data reconciliation, a lot of applications that were on hold or rejected were cleared, and their payment will be processed this afternoon [yesterday].

“Those who are not paid by Wednesday will be notified of the way forward,” ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu told Namibian Sun.

He said 346 135 people have received their payments so far, totalling N$290 192 250, while a further 40 788 were being audited for future payment.

A total of 890 000 grant applications had been received.

According to Shidhudhu, 153 099 applications that were put on hold for various reasons will likely be freed up within this week and be paid out if they meet the qualifying criteria.

“They were put on hold because they applied more than once, or their identity document numbers were used more than once.

Some indicated to have their grant paid by means of a cellphone number which was shared by more than one applicant.

“A data reconciliation was carried out and cleared some of the applicants, and we are hoping to pay them this week,” he added.

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