Number of veterans could increase by 17 500
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) – Government anticipates that the number of war veterans could increase by 17 500 this year, as more veterans become eligible to receive monthly grants from the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs.
Minister of Presidential Affairs in the Office of the President, Frans Kapofi said this in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday when he motivated the budget allocation for the veterans’ ministry.
Beneficiaries include unemployed, disabled, retired war veterans, and veterans who are employed but earn N.dollars 36 000 or less per year. They receive N.dollars 2 200 per month.
Over 30 020 Namibians were given veteran status since the registration process started in July 2008.
“The veterans’ affairs portfolio has been placed under the Presidency to ensure that it enjoys prominence for the benefit of our veterans who dedicated their youthful and energetic years to the struggle for freedom and independence,” Kapofi said.
The ministry received a N.dollars 921 349 000 share of the N.dollars 62.5 billion National Budget for the 2017/18 financial year.
It allocated an amount of N.dollars 826 797 000 to its veterans’ welfare programme which is aimed at improving the welfare of veterans.
The programme includes education and skills training grants; funeral assistance; payment of a lump sum; identification and registration of veterans; construction of veterans’ houses; individual veterans’ projects; medical assistance and counselling; conferment of national honours and awards; star protection services; welfare improvement grants; and veterans’ association grants, amongst other.
The ministry furthermore allocated N.dollars 13 800 000 under the liberation struggle heritage programme, which will ensure that Namibia’s liberation struggle history is preserved through documentation, preservation of material and artefacts and the identification and marking of sites.
The ministry also identified the coordination and support services programme which involves policy supervision, general administration, regular policy guidance and coordination of the ministry’s activities.
An amount of N.dollars 80 752 000 was allocated under this programme.