Kathmandu, April 10: The government has distributed some Rs 2.59 billion to some 600,000 single women across the country as of the eight months of the current fiscal year under its Single Women Allowance Scheme.
According to the Vital Registration Section at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), the allowance worth Rs 2 billion 594 million 212 thousand has been distributed to some 648,553 single women at the rate of Rs 500 per head per month.
Of the total single women registered in the Ministry, those from impoverished class and divorcee, unmarried and women with husband missing for long among others, were granted an estimated Rs 920 million.
Similarly, 400,000 widows have received around Rs 160 million as of now, shared Shaligram Rijal, Director at Social Security Division under the MoFALD.
In addition to the Single Women Allowance Scheme, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has also set up the Single Women Security Fund to secure the welfare of the single women across the country.
The fund, coming into operation by mid April, will provide the single women with social and financial assistance as well as offer subsidy in various governmental services. RSS