By Felix Andrew
A total of 73, 851 households in Tanzania have been eliminated from the list of Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) III project for failure to meet required condition.
Minister of State in the President’s Office (Public Service management and Good Governance), Angela Kairuki told the National Assembly in Dodoma when responding to a question asked by Special Seats Legislator Rita Kabati (CCM).
In her supplementary question, MP Kabati wanted to understand the implementation of TASAF projects since their establishment in the country.
Minister Kariuki said the government de-registered households which were found to come from relatively better-off families, such as businessmen and public servants.
“There must conducted village general meeting to scrutinize and come up with genuine households which need support otherwise the government would continue to take stern measures against culprits,” she said.
Kairuki said the fund which was established in the year 2000 aimed at reducing poverty among citizens; the project has passed been implemented into three phases which have benefited millions of Tanzanians.
Minister said over 1.1million poor households benefited from TASAF Phase III project since year 2013, across the country.
According to her more than 9,900 projects were established and a total of 521billion have been disbursed to poor households.
"The project is a brainchild of the government's commitment to enable most vulnerable households acquire basic need," she said.
She said 30 per cent of the households in the country are yet to be covered by the project.
Phase III TASAF initiative was being implemented to assist families living in abject poverty to meet costs of food, education, health and good feeding for children.
The minister pointed out that the initiative, initially to run for ten years, was now being implemented in two phases of five years each from 2013 to 2023 – aimed at enabling such families to improve revenue and economic opportunities.
She said that the beneficiaries would receive “a subsidy” good enough to enable it meet the essential needs, while continuing to improve its economic standards and implementing entrepreneur projects.