MPs push for reducing age of SAGE beneficiaries

Lawmakers have recommended reducing the age of beneficiaries of the Social Assistance Grant Empowerment (SAGE) from 80 years to 70 years.

Hon. Judith Alyek called for reduction of age of beneficiarie

This was contained in the report of the Committee on Equal Opportunities on the state of equal opportunities in selected sectors and affirmative actions that was adopted during plenary sitting on 16 August 2022.

The report further recommended affirmative action for women by reducing the age of the beneficiaries of SAGE from 80 years to 65 years.

The Committee chairperson, Honourable Judith Alyek, said that women age faster than men due to hard work as well as effects of childbearing.

There should be annual increment to the monthly payment of Shs25,000 by at least 10 per cent due to inflation rate. Evidence from the SAGE pilot shows that even such small payment, if made regularly make a huge difference to the lives of poor and vulnerable individuals and families,” Alyek said.

Hon. Hellen Kahunde (NRM, Kiryandongo District), said that the life expectancy of Ugandan women is low and therefore, calls for reduction of age of the SAGE beneficiaries.

Very few of our people live to celebrate the 80th birthday. If government has resources, they should consider reducing the age,” she said.

Oyam District Woman MP, Hon. Santa Alum, said that women can only benefit from the SAGE when the age is lowered.

When you look for women who are 80 years, you will not find them. If this age could be reduced to 65, many women will benefit,” she said.

The Committee also recommended that the Ministry of Public Service should ensure that every public office should have sign language interpreters arguing that other people with disabilities miss out on services due to communication challenges.

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