The Maldivian government, on Wednesday, published the regulation on income support allowance, which stipulates that those whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic must meet specific conditions to be eligible for the allowance. And if the additional income source exceeds MVR 5,000 per month, the applicant will not be eligible for the income support allowance. Similarly, if the applicant has an additional income source and if that additional income source is lower than MVR 5,000 per month, the applicant will not be eligible for the full allowance, but the difference. Similarly, if the self-employed individual in question has an additional income source and if that additional income source is lower than MVR 5,000 per month, he/she will not be eligible for the full allowance, but the difference. The economic ministry has opened application for the second phase of the income support scheme, covering the months of July, August and September. Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer at a National Emergency Operation Center press briefing on May 23, 2020. The government of the Maldives has expanded the timeframe under which it provides citizens whose income is negatively affected, with income support allowances. Those who have been laid off or put on no-pay leave will receive the full MVR 5,000 income support allowance. Similarly, if the applicant has an additional income source and if that additional income source is lower than MVR 5,000 per month, the applicant will not be eligible for the full allowance, but the difference. Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon that the government has disbursed MVR 1.06 million as income support allowance to 255 applicants through the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA). People whose employment situation was affected from June 1 to June 30 will need to file applications by July 7. Only Maldivian nationals between the ages of 18 years to 65 years who were locally employed at least up until March 1, 2020 are eligible for the allowance. Further, applicants must be aged between 18 and 65 years and employed in the Maldives by March 1. Applications must be submitted online through the Job Centre portal, after creating an eFaas account. The allowance is aimed at providing financial support to the people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic to they are able to meet their essential needs. Eligible individuals are to receive the income support allowance monthly, before the 15th day and are required to notify the Job Center if they find employment within the period. People whose employment situation was affected from March 1 to April 30 need to file applications by May 30. Economic Ministry states that for those whom previously was unable to submit needs their application be to registered with efaas and submit their applications online. The eligibility criteria for the income support allowance include being a Maldivian citizen living in the Maldives who had been employed by December 1, 2019. Meanwhile, those who have pay cuts will be eligible for the allowance if their reduced pay is lower than MVR 5,000, and even if they reduced pay is lower than MVR 5,000, they will not be eligible the full allowance, but the difference. A change has been brought to the regulation of providing income allowance in order to increase the number of people Regulations for income support allowance has been changed | Maldives … //= Meta::tag('fb:pages', '792628237518727'); ?>. They must also be between 18 years and 65 years of age. The MVR 5,000 allowance will be awarded for three months; April, May and June. People who have been laid off, suspended, forced to accept no-pay leave, or forced to accept pay cuts from March 1, 2020 are eligible for the allowance. Public Service Media. © 2020 PSM News. According to the regulation, the income support allowance will be implemented by the Economic Ministry, and the allowance will be disbursed by Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) or National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) through the Finance Ministry. Those who wish to receive the income support are required to apply for the allowance through the Job Center. And if the additional income source exceeds MVR 5,000 per month, the self-employed individual will not be eligible for the income support allowance. After this, they will not be eligible for the allowance. The Finance Ministry, on Wednesday, announced 255 people have received income support, an allowance introduced to provide financial support to the people whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic so they are able to meet their essential needs. The regulation is effective the moment it is published on the Government Gazette, to until the relevant legislature passed by the Parliament takes effect. The eligibility criteria for the income support allowance include being a Maldivian citizen living in the Maldives who had been employed by December 1, 2019. Over MVR 1 billion has been released from the package so far. People who have been laid off, suspended, forced to accept no-pay leave, or forced to accept pay cuts, and self-employed workers who have had their earnings affected from March 1, 2020 are eligible for the allowance. Under the first phase of the scheme, income support allowance was provided for the months of April, May and June. According to the guideline on disbursement of income support allowance, anyone who was employed either on permanent or non-permanent basis by March 1, 2020, regardless of whether or not the person had an employment contract is eligible for the allowance. Independent contractors, performing artists and other freelance workers are also eligible for income support allowance if their sources of income have been blocked since December 1, 2019. He added the allowance has been disbursed to over 90% of the approved applications. Those who have been laid off or put on no-pay leave will receive the full MVR 5,000 income support allowance. However, he noted this does not represent the total number of individuals seeking the allowance, as individuals may have applied separately for each month. Applications must be submitted to the JobCenter. Application for income support needs to supported through JobCenter. Employees of a Maldivian resort - Photo: Hotelier Maldives. And if the additional income source exceeds MVR 5,000 per month, the applicant will not be eligible for the income support allowance. According to the regulation, anyone who was employed either on permanent or non-permanent basis by March 1, 2020, regardless of whether or not the person had an employment contract is eligible for the allowance. According to the policy, self-employed individuals who have not received an income or whose income has been adversely affected after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for the allowance. The Maldivian government, on Wednesday, published the regulation on income support allowance, which stipulates that those whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic must meet specific conditions to be eligible for the allowance. Only Maldivian nationals between the ages of 18 years to 65 years who were locally employed at least up until March 1, 2020 are eligible for the allowance. Public Service Media Radio Building, Ameenee Magu Male', 20331, Republic of Maldives. This includes those on probation, and non-permanent employment positions must be their sole source of income. A total MVR 5,000 would be release as income allowance support through National Social Protection Agency (NSPA). The regulations under the income support allowance state that criminal action will be taken against individuals who provide false information when applying. Independent contractors, performing artists and other freelance workers are also eligible for income support allowance if their sources of income have been blocked since December 1, 2019. Self-employed individuals are also eligible for the allowance. Ministry of Economic Development has approved income support allowance for 11,000 applications during the first phase of the income support scheme. The income support allowance is provided for individuals who have been either dismissed or suspended from their jobs without pay, as well as employees who have been sent on no-pay leaves and employees whose monthly wages have been reduced below USD 323. The regulation also establishes that criminal action will be taken against parties who provide misinformation to the government when applying for the allowance. Eligible parties will receive the allowance by the 15th of every month, and must inform the Job Center is they find employment within the period, upon which they will cease receiving the allowance. Income Support Allowance program began on 20 May 2020 as part of the MVR 2.5 billion relief package to assist the economy. Self-employed individuals are also eligible for the allowance. The regulation on income support allowance was drafted by the President’s office, and was published on this Wednesday’s issue of the Government Gazette. There are also additional stipulations that the applicant must agree to join and complete one of the government’s skills development programs, and must also be interested in being employed and must agree to accept employment if an employment opportunity is found through the government’s Job Center. The government of Maldives has distributed MVR 35.1 million to 8,488 individuals in total as income support. The project director further stated a total of USD 2.97 million has been approved as income support allowance for the months of April, May and June. Meanwhile, those who have pay cuts will be eligible for the allowance if their reduced pay is lower than MVR 5,000, and even if they reduced pay is lower than MVR 5,000, they will not be eligible the full allowance, but the difference. This includes those on probation, and non-permanent employment positions must be their sole source of income. Furthermore, the conditions for receiving the allowance includes agreeing to participate in a skills development programme allocated by the government and to accept employment arranged through the Job Centre of the government. Instructions for the online application process has been made available on the Job Centre website. All rights reserved. And if the additional income source exceeds MVR 5,000 per month, the applicant will not be eligible for the income support allowance. The allowance given for individuals whose wages have been cut will be the difference between USD 323 and their current monthly wages. People wears masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in Male' marketplace. Meanwhile, those adversely affected are eligible for the allowance if their reduced income is lower than MVR 5,000, and even if they reduced income is lower than MVR 5,000, they will not be eligible the full allowance, but the difference. Those who have not received an income are eligible for the full MVR 5,000. Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said in a press conference at two weeks back that government began disbursing income support allowance on May 20. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa). People whose employment situation was affected from May 1 to May 30 will need to file applications by June 7. The allowance will be awarded for three months, from April to June. Eligible individuals are to receive the income support allowance monthly, before the 15th day and applicants must be aged between 18 and 65 years and employed in the Maldives by December 1, 2019. The regulations state that only those who either lost their jobs, had a significant pay cut, as well as those who were forced on no-pay leaves along with freelancers, will be eligible for the allowance. The government began to provide an income support allowance after many in the country faced negative impacts to their incomes due to COVID-19. (Photo/NEOC). The government introduced a monthly income support allowance of USD 323 as compensation to cover the essential expenses of individuals whose employment has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government, which provides the allowance through the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA), will now be providing the allowance to those who were affected negatively starting from December last year. Speaking to PSM News, Income Support Project Director Shuhad Ibrahim revealed the economic ministry received 17,000 applications for income support allowance, of which 11,000 applications have been approved.