LAB secure rehabilitation Grant for War Widows

The Ministry of Finance has agreed to release funds towards the payment of the long overdue Rehabilitation Grant to over 1,200 war widows around the country.

 

This follows pressure from the Legal Aid Board to take legal actionif concrete action is not taken by the relevant Ministry and Agency to have the matter resolved without any further delay. As a result, NaCSA wrote a letter to the Ministry of Finance on 8 May 2018 to follow on the matter.

The Legal Aid Board also had meetings with NaCSA as the war widows piled pressure and continued to storm the office for their Rehabilitation Grants.   

The decisionto pay the grant was reached at a meeting with the Ministry of Finance, The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) and The Legal Aid Board at the Treasury Building on Monday, July 30.

The Ministry of Finance was represented by The Deputy Minister of Finance, The Financial Secretary, Deputy Financial Secretary and the Acting Director of Budget;NaCSA was represented by the new Commissioner and the Director of Reparation and The Board was represented by the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, National Outreach Officer and the Accountant.

It was agreed that the War Widows will be paid in three equal installments in August, September and October 2018 respectively. NaCSA should verify the beneficiaries and then train themprior to the release of the funds for payment of the grant.

There was a mild drama in the precinct of the Treasury Building prior to the arrival of the Legal Aid Board team for meeting on Monday, July 30. The War Widows had threatened to disturb the peace if the Board is not present at the meeting. It took the intervention of the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles to calm the widows who had becomea bit agitated.

on 04 August 2018