Minister of Social Affairs, Ramzi Moucharifieh, met today at his Ministry office with the members of the Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs Committee, headed by MP Assem Araji, with social and health developments topping their discussions.

After the meeting, Araji said: “We visited the Minister of Social Affairs today to discuss developments. We learned about the Social Ministry’s assistance plan in coordination with other ministries, in light of the difficult circumstances we are going through, especially since there are many workers who have become jobless and part of them are receiving half their salaries, in addition to the daily-workers who are now without income. The living conditions have become hard for a large number of Lebanese, and the poverty rate has increased significantly.”

Araji indicated that Minister Moucharaieh has put a quick response plan into effect in wake of the emerging Coronavirus disease, which includes parcels of food items and sterilizers, compiled in cooperation with the Industrialists Association and the Food Bank, to be distributed to 100 thousand families, costing the state 18 billion Lebanese pounds. He also revealed that there will be a set plan to extend monetary deadlines, due to the inability of citizens to pay their taxes or loans.

As for the displaced Syrians, Araji reported that Minister Moucharafieh has agreed with the UNHCR to set up tents for isolation, adding that work is underway to contract with private hospitals to receive Corona patients when needed, in addition to arranging with UNRWA to take care of Palestinian refugee affairs.

The MP reiterated his appreciation to the Minister of Social Affairs, “who is exerting all efforts with the various ministries concerned, to pass this stage.”

Minister Moucharafieh, in turn, hoped that “the crisis will not be for long,” stressing that “the government seeks to provide sustainable aid to citizens, not only for a short period of time, in cooperation with the Parliament Council to alleviate the burdens off all citizens.”

Source: National News Agency

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Minister of Social Affairs, Ramzi Moucharifieh, met today at his Ministry office with the members of the Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs Committee, headed by MP Assem Araji, with social and health developments topping their discussions. After the meeting, Araji said: 'We visited the Minister of Social Affairs today to discuss developments. We...