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Minister issues warning: Food card recipients must meet criteria (with CNC3 video)
Food-card recipients could lose their monthly government grant if they fail to meet new criteria set by the Ministry of the People and Social Development. So said Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, Minister of the People and Social Development, when he delivered the feature address yesterday as his ministry distributed around 200 temporary TT Conditional Cash Transfer cards to people who had applied for the grant several years ago.
The function took place at the Preysal Community Centre. Ramadharsingh said around 5,000 cards had been recalled from people who did not deserve them. He said a systematic audit review would be done every three months to assess recipients on the basis of how they were caring for and educating their children and their interest in getting employment.
Ramadharsingh said over 600 people had voluntarily given up their cards to people who were more needy after they became employable. He urged the recipients to get trained and re-educated to become self-sustainable. Ramadharsingh said recipients should not see the food card as free food but as a ticket to self-empowerment.
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