TASAF beneficiaries will now begin to receive payments electronically

11Jul 2020
The Guardian
TASAF beneficiaries will now begin to receive payments electronically

​​​​​​​BENEFICIARIES of the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) will now start receiving their payments electronically; a move which is aimed to curb ghost recipients.

Reuben Mfune.

TASAF’s programme manager, Shaban Abdumalick said here during the capacity building training  for   heads of departments of Mbarali District.

According to him, the implementation of the second phase of the TASAF’s Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) is going to phase out the cash payment system to poor households whereby the beneficiaries will be receiving their monies through mobile phones or bank accounts.

Abdumalick demonstrated strong interest into the adoption of the e-payment, pointing out that the initiative is going to address several challenges encountered during the cash payment system.

 He said that: “In the previous phase, the cash transfer process required TASAF beneficiaries to attend a community meeting prior to receiving payment; rural women spend hours waiting for receipt to the cash…so the electronic option is going to address all the challenges.”

According to him, with the new system, a beneficiary will be required to register one sim card number to receive the payments.

The TASAF’s manager further said that the implementation of the programme since its commencement in 2000 has contributed highly to the decline of household poverty in the country.

He said that the implementation of the new phase is aimed to reach over seven million people living in abject poverty.

Acting district executive director (DED) for Mbarali Aswege Kaminyoge commended the government for implementing the anti-poverty programme which has benefited millions of poor Tanzanians for years.

Zabron Abel, TASAF’s district coordinator said that the capacity building exercise on the new phase is expected to benefit 75 villages whereby 1,317 poor households will be inspected and verified to join the programme.

Launching the second phase PSSN programme in Dar es Salaam in February this year, President John Magufuli directed authorities to make sure that they supervise well and control enrolment of ‘phantom’ beneficiaries.

Dr Magufuli said that in the verification exercise conducted from November 2015 to 2017 found a total of 73,561 ghost and illegible households being enrolled in the programme.

“The involved people who are not poor and leaders being enrolled in the programmes, this should be addressed, the next phase has to ensure that all these challenges do not exist,” he said.

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