A section of the elderly have in the recent past complained about the amount of money they receive under the Special Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) programme.
Now government has heard their cries and plans to raise their pay by Shs 25,000. This means they shall now be earning Shs 50,000 from the current Shs 25,000.
The SAGE program started in 2010 with a pilot covering 15 districts and extended to 20 districts targeting 100 elderly people per sub county. However the number of beneficiaries has gradually increased. Currently the programme targets those that are 75 years and older without any source of income. This excludes retired civil servants who are on pension.
Stephen Byaruhanga, the publicity secretary for the elderly in the central region said the gov’t needs to increase the money from 25,000.
“That is just peanuts that is given to us. How i wish they can increase the amount to like 50,000 because we also have dependents” Byaruhanga said.