Beneficiaries – Clever Splitter http://cleversplitter.com/ Mon, 16 May 2022 05:22:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cleversplitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-28T170948.334-150x150.png Beneficiaries – Clever Splitter http://cleversplitter.com/ 32 32 More than half of MPs have registered as beneficiaries of trusts https://cleversplitter.com/more-than-half-of-mps-have-registered-as-beneficiaries-of-trusts/ Sat, 14 May 2022 05:35:00 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/more-than-half-of-mps-have-registered-as-beneficiaries-of-trusts/ Just over half of current parliamentarians are beneficiaries of trusts, according to the Register of Pecuniary Interests 2022. A total of 62 of the current 121 MPs said they have beneficial interests in at least one trust. University of Auckland law professor Mark Henaghan criticized the number of MPs involved in trusts because they were […]]]>

Just over half of current parliamentarians are beneficiaries of trusts, according to the Register of Pecuniary Interests 2022.

A total of 62 of the current 121 MPs said they have beneficial interests in at least one trust.

University of Auckland law professor Mark Henaghan criticized the number of MPs involved in trusts because they were often used to reduce the tax bill of those involved.

The Department of Inland Revenue (IRD) recently warned that the favorable tax rate for trusts could contribute to tax evasion because the income of the trust at the top rate was less than the top personal tax rate.

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More than half of current MPs have registered as beneficiaries of at least one trust.

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More than half of current MPs have registered as beneficiaries of at least one trust.

“I don’t think it’s setting an example, in a country where we really need every tax we can get to make sure we have all the public amenities we need, and we have issues with the child poverty,” Henaghan said.

Henaghan said there was nothing illegal about using or benefiting from a trust, and in the business world, using trusts to reduce tax bills was considered good practice, but d From a ‘societal good’ perspective, he said people should pay their fair share.

High earners are likely to report $3 billion less in income

At the end of February, the IRD announced that high earners would likely declare almost $3 billion less in income due to the introduction of a new top tax bracket for those earning $180,000. Covid-19 has been identified as a possible contributor to this.

In a regulatory impact statement, the tax department said the introduction of the top personal income tax rate of 39% by the Labor government prompted high earners to restructure their affairs to that they earn income through lower tax rate entities – ultimately reducing the amount of tax they pay.

Lower tax rate entities include corporations, currently taxed at a maximum of 28%, and trusts, which are currently taxed at a maximum of 33%.

The IRD noted that since the government’s vote (which signaled the new highest pre-election tax rate), the high-income group studied had formed 10,633 new businesses, 2,630 new trusts and 362 new partnerships – this which was a 28% increase. .

Henaghan said the government should reduce the incentive to use trusts by raising the trust rate to match normal personal tax rates.

“The fundamental problem is this: why tax income through trusts at a lower rate, rather than at the normal rate? This is the crux of the matter, and MPs have the power to make law to say we will tax this source of income at the standard rate,” Henaghan said.

The IRD’s impact statement contained a number of suggestions on how to tackle corporate tax avoidance, but options for dealing with the taxation of trusts were deferred until more information may be collected from the trustees.

In March, the The government has asked comments on measures that would limit the ability individuals to avoid the 39% or 33% personal income tax rates by using a corporate structure.

Most Can’t Afford a Trust

Henaghan said the proportion of the general population who would be connected with or benefit from a trust would be far lower than that of MPs, and many would not be able to afford to set up or maintain one.

He said the original rationale for trusts was to protect disadvantaged people – such as women who had property issues or disabled children who needed to be cared for.

He said trusts have now come full circle and are only available to those in a privileged position.

In addition to those listed as beneficiaries, 54 MPs were listed as trustees, that is, they contributed to the management of a trust. Many of those who were registered as trustees were also registered as beneficiaries.

It is the second time that the composition of parliament has been criticized for not being representative of the country, after the pecuniary interest register revealed that only five MPs did not own a house – while 36% of Kiwis rented.

Neither Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern nor national leader Christopher Luxon have registered as beneficiaries or trustees of any trust. Luxon registered as owner of seven properties.​

Law leader David Seymour is a beneficiary of three trusts, none of which is registered as a charity.

The three properties recorded by Seymour as having an interest were linked to a trust, as was a section in which he had an interest, located in Whangārei.

Mark Henaghan, a law professor at the University of Auckland, says trusts are largely negative for society.

Chris McKeen / Stuff

Mark Henaghan, a law professor at the University of Auckland, says trusts are largely negative for society.

Neither of the Green Party co-leaders, Marama Davidson or James Shaw, was a beneficiary or trustee of a trust.

National Deputy Chief Nicola Willis is also a beneficiary of a trust, which owned three properties in Wellington, Wairarapa and Wānaka. She is also co-owner of her family home in Wellington.​

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson is a trustee of KMKT Trust and has not registered any associated property.

Stuff’s Mega Landlord survey found that the number of homes owned by trustees has increased by 48% since 2015, which Henaghan attributed to one thing: a growing awareness of how trusts could be used to reduce tax bills.

More than 31,000 homes were held in trust at the end of September, up from just over 21,000 in 2015.

Law leader David Seymour was previously set to correct the pecuniary interest register to show he was a beneficiary of trusts that own three properties, despite previously claiming he could not afford a house.

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Law leader David Seymour was previously set to correct the pecuniary interest register to show he was a beneficiary of trusts that own three properties, despite previously claiming he could not afford a house.

A handful of trusts MPs were associated with were charitable, but the vast majority were family or private trusts.

How Trusts Work

Once an asset is in a trust, legally speaking, the asset no longer belongs to the person who placed it there, who is known as the settlor.

Trusts are chaired by trustees, who manage the assets of the trust, with the income from the trust going to the beneficiaries, who are often family members.

The main disadvantage of a trust is that the settlor technically relinquishes control of the property, but Henaghan says this is a “legal fiction” and trustees rarely act in ways the settlor does not want. not.

Settlors can also exist simultaneously as settlor, trustee and beneficiary of their trust, but this could leave the trust open to challenge by creditors and potentially compromise certain protections.

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JUFREX partners and grantees in North Macedonia discuss results and future steps to advance freedom of expression and media https://cleversplitter.com/jufrex-partners-and-grantees-in-north-macedonia-discuss-results-and-future-steps-to-advance-freedom-of-expression-and-media/ Thu, 12 May 2022 14:56:00 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/jufrex-partners-and-grantees-in-north-macedonia-discuss-results-and-future-steps-to-advance-freedom-of-expression-and-media/ The Steering Committee of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” held its third (hybrid) meeting to address the results achieved and discuss the upcoming activities with all partners and beneficiaries involved. The meeting organized in the framework of the joint program of the Horizontal Facility II of the […]]]>

The Steering Committee of the Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” held its third (hybrid) meeting to address the results achieved and discuss the upcoming activities with all partners and beneficiaries involved. The meeting organized in the framework of the joint program of the Horizontal Facility II of the European Union and the Council of Europe, brought together key representatives of the Council of Europe Program Office in Skopje, the Delegation of the in Skopje and representatives of all key EU/CoE partner institutions Joint Action “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” (JUFREX).

Lejla Dervisagic, Head of Operations of the Council of Europe Program Office in Skopje, opened the meeting by highlighting the important work accomplished through this action towards European standards on freedom of expression. She expressed her support for the action team and the commitment of the Council of Europe to support future activities and respond to the needs of beneficiaries and partners.

Alexander Bogdanovska, Senior Project Officer for Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” (JUFREX), briefly presented the implemented and upcoming activities until the end of this action. She also underlined the importance of the collaboration between the action and all its partners and beneficiaries in terms of the successful implementation of the activities and the achievement of the planned objectives.

Partners in each part of the action, namely representatives of the Academy of Judges and Prosecutors, the Bar Association, the Audiovisual Media Services Agency, as well as representatives of the civil sector – the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and the Law Advocate Faculty “Iustinianus Primus” in Skopje presented the activities carried out over the past year and the impact achieved through continued cooperation with the JUFREX action in general.

At this meeting, it was once again confirmed that JUFREX, with the support of the EU Delegation to North Macedonia, remains committed to meeting the needs and demands of its partners regarding freedom of expression. as one of the main human rights in a democratic society in the future to come too.

The action Freedom of expression and media freedom in North Macedoniais part of the joint program of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.

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Thailand approves amendments to allow better benefits for pension recipients https://cleversplitter.com/thailand-approves-amendments-to-allow-better-benefits-for-pension-recipients/ Thu, 12 May 2022 03:07:16 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/thailand-approves-amendments-to-allow-better-benefits-for-pension-recipients/ Recipients of the old-age pension can also apply for an early pension. Thai Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin announced that the Cabinet has approved the amendments social security law to support an aging society. According to Minister Suchart, this decision would result in the following: There will be an extension of the insurance cover for the […]]]>

Recipients of the old-age pension can also apply for an early pension.

Thai Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin announced that the Cabinet has approved the amendments social security law to support an aging society.

According to Minister Suchart, this decision would result in the following:

There will be an extension of the insurance cover for the insured. By extending the maximum age of the insured under Article 33, the recipient of the old-age pension can apply for insurance. Recipients of the old-age pension can also apply for an early pension.

There will also be a change in old-age benefits. In order to alleviate possible concerns, the insured person may be allowed to choose to receive a pension or an old-age pension in the event of an economic crisis, public disaster or any other event. The insured can also bring retirement savings to use first (reimbursement) and old-age savings can be used as collateral with financial institutions (loan).

Other benefits include: maternity leave allowance of 90 to 98 days, disability allowance of 50 to 70% in case of child support which can be covered for an additional six months from the date of termination of the status of insured.

The Thai government also aims to improve the conditions for applying to be insured under Section 39, by determining that the insured person’s additional money under Section 39 should not exceed the premiums payable.

Changes will also be made to the provisions relating to the Committee, both in terms of the acquisition of representatives of employers and representatives of insurers. Power is likely to be added to the board of directors to dispose of bad debts of accounts receivable, including the management of employees and employees.

Finally, changes will also be made to criminal penalties for employers, depending on the nature of the offenses, for which employers are required to comply with the law.

Through the aforementioned legal improvements, Minister Suchart expresses that “it will alleviate the suffering of the insured to have social security and to receive benefits under the increasingly developed social security system”.


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Rising prescription drug cost sharing increases mortality among Medicare beneficiaries https://cleversplitter.com/rising-prescription-drug-cost-sharing-increases-mortality-among-medicare-beneficiaries/ Wed, 04 May 2022 19:01:23 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/rising-prescription-drug-cost-sharing-increases-mortality-among-medicare-beneficiaries/ What are the health consequences when patients reduce their consumption of prescribed drugs in response to higher out-of-pocket expenses? In The health costs of cost sharing (NBER Working Paper 28439), researchers Amitabh Chandra, Evan Flack, and Ziad Obermeyer use the distinctive cost-sharing features of Medicare Part D to demonstrate that such reductions can increase mortality. […]]]>

What are the health consequences when patients reduce their consumption of prescribed drugs in response to higher out-of-pocket expenses? In The health costs of cost sharing (NBER Working Paper 28439), researchers Amitabh Chandra, Evan Flack, and Ziad Obermeyer use the distinctive cost-sharing features of Medicare Part D to demonstrate that such reductions can increase mortality.

Their analysis uses the fact that two 65-year-old Medicare enrollees with identical prescriptions, but different birth months, could face dramatically different charges at the end of the year. Several unique features of Medicare Part D during the 2007-2012 study period contribute to this fact. The patient’s out-of-pocket share of prescription drug costs (coinsurance rate) in the standard Part D plan was typically 25% when total drug expenses were less than approximately $2,500. But the coinsurance rate jumped to 100% in the ‘coverage gap’ after total drug spending exceeded the $2,500 threshold, before dropping to 5% above the ‘catastrophic’ spending limit. (about $5,700). Beneficiaries tend to enroll in Medicare the month they turn 65, but the spending thresholds that determine coinsurance rates aren’t prorated for those who enroll in the middle of the year. year. Because of these characteristics, beneficiaries whose birthdates fall earlier in the year are more likely to enter the coverage gap or exceed the catastrophic limit in their first year of coverage.

The researchers use a random sample of 20% of newly enrolled Medicare beneficiaries aged 65, focusing on December results among those who enrolled between February and September. They report that 11.8% of February enrollees fell into the coverage gap in December, while only 1.5% of September enrollees did. Similarly, 1.7% of enrollees in February were in the catastrophic coverage category in December, compared to 0.2% of enrollees in September.

Of course, beneficiaries with low prescription drug use are unlikely to fall into the coverage gap, regardless of their birthday. To better identify beneficiaries who might fit into different levels of coverage, researchers are using machine learning tools to predict annual prescription drug spending for each Medicare beneficiary. The algorithm predicts what expenses would be in the absence of cost sharing, based on the expenses of similar Medicare beneficiaries who face no out-of-pocket due to Medicaid eligibility.

The figure shows the results for Medicare beneficiaries with projected annual prescription costs high enough for them to enter the coverage gap, based on their date of birth, but unlikely to exceed the catastrophic threshold. Among this group, the first panel shows that December co-insurance rates are highest for those born in February and drop by an average of 2.3 percentage points in each subsequent month of enrollment.

The second panel of the figure shows a similar trend for death rates in this group. On average, each subsequent month of enrollment reduces December mortality by 0.0113 percentage points, a decrease of 9%.

The opposite patterns emerge for beneficiaries with planned expenses in the upper 3 percentiles, who could exceed the catastrophic limit and end the year with a 5% coinsurance rate. For this group, which is not shown in the figure, each subsequent month of enrollment is associated with a higher coinsurance rate in December and a higher mortality rate.

Assuming that all mortality differences are due to coinsurance differentials, the researchers estimate that a 1 percentage point increase in the coinsurance rate results in a 0.00435 percentage point increase in the mortality rate. They attribute these mortality differences to the reduction in prescription drug use induced by higher out-of-pocket expenses. The same 1 percentage point increase in coinsurance is associated with 0.031 fewer prescriptions filled during the month and a $5.54 reduction in total prescription drug expenditure between payers. Interestingly, some recipients respond to increased out-of-pocket expenses by choosing not to fill any prescriptions, regardless of the number of medications they were previously taking or their individual health risks.

In response to higher out-of-pocket expenses, patients have reduced their consumption of a wide range of medications, many of which have beneficial effects on mortality that have been established by clinical trials, such as those that control cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. These reductions are not limited to patients who are at relatively low risk of adverse health events. Rather, the researchers find similar price sensitivity in patients who, based on machine learning predictions, are most at risk for adverse events such as heart attacks and strokes.

To rationalize the decisions observed in this study, one would have to assume that the Medicare beneficiaries in the sample valued an additional year of life at $6,628, a value that is at least an order of magnitude below the conventional range. estimates. Another plausible explanation is that patients make significant errors in evaluating the relative costs and benefits of purchasing prescription drugs.

The standard economic rationale for increased cost sharing is that it reduces the overuse of medical care. But the findings of this study indicate that cost-sharing also leads to reckless treatment cuts that put recipients’ lives at risk. The researchers conclude that redesigning prescription drug coverage to better accommodate these behavioral patterns would be a cost-effective way to improve health outcomes.

The researchers acknowledge support from National Institute on Aging grant P01AG005842.

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Monroe teenager among beneficiaries of state’s driving bill https://cleversplitter.com/monroe-teenager-among-beneficiaries-of-states-driving-bill/ Wed, 04 May 2022 03:33:39 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/monroe-teenager-among-beneficiaries-of-states-driving-bill/ HARTFORD, CT — State Representative Tony Scott, R-112e, issued the following statement Tuesday after the House advanced SB 333, “An Act Respecting the Recommendations of the Department of Motor Vehicles” on Monday. Part of the larger bill will allow people who use bioptic lenses to acquire a driver’s license. The bill awaits the governor’s signature […]]]>

HARTFORD, CT — State Representative Tony Scott, R-112e, issued the following statement Tuesday after the House advanced SB 333, “An Act Respecting the Recommendations of the Department of Motor Vehicles” on Monday.

Part of the larger bill will allow people who use bioptic lenses to acquire a driver’s license. The bill awaits the governor’s signature to pass.

Macular degeneration, which leads to the use of biopsy, can happen to anyone and is more likely to occur with age. According to the National Eye Institute, rates of age-related macular degeneration have increased in the United States over the past 20 years and are expected to reach 5 million by 2050 due to an increase in our aging population.

“When people speak up, it can lead to progress and real change. On Monday, I spoke in favor of SB 333, part of which will give people who use bioptic lenses the ability to get their driver’s license,” Scott said.

He continued, “This legislation, which passed unanimously and has already passed the Senate, is the result of my Monroe constituents, Sandra Gabriel-Busa and her son, Max, coming forward and l have brought to my attention. Under current law, Max, who is on the high school wrestling team and involved in scouts, cannot take his driving test in Connecticut because he was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration in age 10 and needs bioptic lenses to get behind the wheel.

“His vision is below average, but his sight loss has plateaued. Because he can’t drive, his ability to see friends, get to college, or find a job is limited. .

“Working with Max and his mother, we introduced this truly life-changing legislation that – as long as it is signed by the Governor – will require the DMV to issue driver’s licenses to people who wear glasses with bioptic lenses. whether the applicant otherwise meets regulatory vision standards and licensing requirements.

“I was proud to work on this with Max and encourage anyone with their own issue to reach out to me so we can implement this change together.”

The state budget passes to the Chamber

State Representative Tony Scott

State Rep. Tony Scott, R-112e, released the following statement after the House advanced a proposed state budget, which passed along party lines early Tuesday morning.

Republicans proposed an amendment to that budget document that would have prevented the implementation of certain taxes and reduced state income taxes, among other proposals that would have provided immediate relief, according to Scott, who said that he had failed in the direction of the party.

“This is a budget proposal with hundreds of sections spanning over 600 pages,” Scott said. “It was dropped on us at 5am on Monday morning, hours before we were debating it. It is almost impossible for anyone to read this document with close attention to detail so that we can honestly discuss and debate it on behalf of taxpayers.

He continued, “While this budget includes some Republican initiatives — from extending the gas tax suspension to relief for middle- and low-income residents — it clearly doesn’t go far enough. With all the extra tax revenue we have due to inflation, we should be doing more to give people their money back in the form of extra tax cuts immediately.

“To be clear, this is in no way a bipartisan budget. The majority party chose not to include Republican leaders in the process when writing this document. We weren’t even allowed to enter the room to discuss.

“Some elements of this massive document were rejected in committees by Democrats and Republicans, but they were quietly pushed back, ignoring and circumventing the proper process.

“And this budget represents a 6.4% increase in spending and includes significant increases for public sector employees. For example, judges will receive a 5% increase, but they just received a 4.5% increase last year. It’s just one expense in a bloated document that was composed without input from the Republican minority.

“Some of the proposed reductions included in this budget are also only guaranteed for one year and do not consider the long-term financial future of our state. It just doesn’t go far enough to provide relief to families who are struggling financially due to rising prices in almost every aspect of their lives.

Tax Relief Plan

Ahead of the budget vote, Scott and fellow Senate and House Republicans proposed a $1.2 billion tax relief package “for working and middle-class families.”

Scott said the proposal would reduce state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduce state sales tax and eliminate the meal tax, extend the suspension of gasoline tax, reduce diesel tax, expand property tax relief, eliminate the new state truck tax, accelerate the elimination of pension income tax, and rents, and reduce the burden on job creators.

The Tony Scott representative can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-842-1423. To follow his work at the Capitol, visit his website or Facebook page.

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Do you have trust issues? Removing beneficiaries https://cleversplitter.com/do-you-have-trust-issues-removing-beneficiaries/ Tue, 03 May 2022 19:46:19 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/do-you-have-trust-issues-removing-beneficiaries/ Be reasonable with the withdrawal! In the final part of our series on trusts, we look at the removal of beneficiaries from discretionary trusts and how the courts have approached this area of ​​law in recent years. Removing beneficiaries Beneficiaries can only be removed where there has been a bona fide exercise of power by […]]]>

Be reasonable with the withdrawal!

In the final part of our series on trusts, we look at the removal of beneficiaries from discretionary trusts and how the courts have approached this area of ​​law in recent years.

Removing beneficiaries

Beneficiaries can only be removed where there has been a bona fide exercise of power by a trustee in accordance with the trust deed.

Any attempt to remove beneficiaries for any purpose other than those specified in the trust deed may result in a fraudulent exercise of fiduciary power, rendering the removal void.

Can a trustee delete beneficiaries?

The terms of the trust deed will state whether a trustee can remove a beneficiary. In many cases, a specific power is given to the trustee to do this. This can often be done without the agreement or consent of the beneficiary.

If there is no specific power, the trustee can often use the power to amend or vary to revoke a beneficiary.

In exercising its power, a fiduciary is required to act responsibly and in good faith.[1] Precautions must be taken to ensure, among other things, that the syndic does not fail in his duties.

Wrongful dismissal of a beneficiary

If a trustee abuses his power under the trust deed, the beneficiary may seek removal of the trustee through court intervention.[2]

The Court will examine the trustee’s reasons for exercising discretion to determine whether:

  • he gave real and genuine consideration to the exercise of discretionary power; and
  • the trustee had an ulterior or illegitimate purpose.[3]

The trustee must also strictly comply with the trust deed. If the trustee, for example, has the power to revoke a general beneficiary, but uses that power to revoke a beneficiary specified or namedthen this exercise of power is beyond the terms of the act and will be invalid.[4]

Key Takeaways for Trustees

Recent cases confirm that the purpose, scope and proper exercise of a fiduciary’s power are all important considerations when it comes to removing beneficiaries.

Minimizing the risks to the trustee in such a scenario can be as simple as:

  • read the terms of the trust deed and understand the specific powers granted to the trustee;
  • ensure that the trustee has a genuine reason and an appropriate purpose for removing a beneficiary;
  • clearly document the reasons and decisions of the trustee; and
  • get the trust deed drafted upfront, so he considers appropriate power and mechanism to revoke beneficiaries.

Despite these practical steps, it is recommended to seek professional advice as we find that changing family dynamics and wealth transfer increase the complexity of discretionary trusts, as well as the risks.

This article was written with the help of law graduate Jessie Langhammer.

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Karnataka identifies 3.58 lakh fake pension recipients and saves Rs 430 crore https://cleversplitter.com/karnataka-identifies-3-58-lakh-fake-pension-recipients-and-saves-rs-430-crore/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 17:54:02 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/karnataka-identifies-3-58-lakh-fake-pension-recipients-and-saves-rs-430-crore/ Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Saturday that the government was able to identify 3.58 lakh ineligible and fictitious recipients of social security pensions, saving Rs 430 crore. The state currently provides nine monthly pensions, including old age, disability, widows, single/divorced women, transgender, acid attack victims and endosulfan patients. ”We use our Navodaya app […]]]>

Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Saturday that the government was able to identify 3.58 lakh ineligible and fictitious recipients of social security pensions, saving Rs 430 crore.

The state currently provides nine monthly pensions, including old age, disability, widows, single/divorced women, transgender, acid attack victims and endosulfan patients.

”We use our Navodaya app to review pension recipients, the data is linked to the ration database and the e-Janma database (births and deaths). This helped identify ineligible pensioners, including those who died,” Ashoka said.

He said there were 73.23 lakh beneficiaries in the state and in 2020-2021 the government spent Rs 7,800 crore on pension payments which is expected to rise to Rs 9,483.51 crore rupees this year.

Claiming to have launched India’s first new paperless system in which pension claimants will be onboarded within 72 hours, the minister said: “It’s called Hello Revenue Minister, where you have to call a toll-free number to make his application using Aadhaar, he will then be transferred to the village accountant, who will visit the applicant and verify, following this, the pension order approved by the sub tahsildar will be sent to the applicant people in Bengaluru, he said that’s because there are no village accountants in the city, but plans are underway to partner with private aggregators like Swiggy, Dunzo or the government’s Jana Sevaka program to deliver pensions.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Nris and Sputnik beneficiaries can no longer get boosters | Pune News https://cleversplitter.com/nris-and-sputnik-beneficiaries-can-no-longer-get-boosters-pune-news/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 22:16:00 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/nris-and-sputnik-beneficiaries-can-no-longer-get-boosters-pune-news/ PUNE: Thousands of NRIs, who have returned to India after taking Covid vaccines other than Covishield or Covaxin, now face a unique problem: they cannot get the precautionary doses. Even those who have taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is Covishield in India, are in trouble as their details are not on CoWIN. Sumit Sachdeva, a […]]]>
PUNE: Thousands of NRIs, who have returned to India after taking Covid vaccines other than Covishield or Covaxin, now face a unique problem: they cannot get the precautionary doses.
Even those who have taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is Covishield in India, are in trouble as their details are not on CoWIN.
Sumit Sachdeva, a professional from Mumbai, said: “My mother was in Australia last year when she received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. She then returned to India and is now due to receive her precautionary dose. But when we visited a local hospital, we were told she couldn’t get any as there was no way to register on CoWIN the doses she took in Australia.”

Sachdeva said her mother-in-law, too, who left Canada for India (where she received the Pfizer vaccine last year), is unable to get a booster. “She is due to receive the precautionary dose but cannot take it as heterologous boosters are not allowed in India. Both are over 72 and need the booster as cases have increased,” Sachdeva said.
Heterologous schedules allow a different vaccine to be given as a follow-up. But India only allows homologous doses, which means the precautionary vaccine should be the same vaccine as the first series.
Internal medicine specialist Sanuj Thomas said his parents took Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines abroad last year. “Their vaccination certificates are from a foreign country and cannot be used to get a booster in India. Some 10 months have passed since their last vaccination. The government should find a solution.” A senior Health Ministry official said it would not be possible to import foreign vaccines for a set of beneficiaries.
“India has a homologous precautionary dose policy. Additionally, we can only give precautionary doses of vaccines that are currently part of our immunization schedule,” the official said.
He added, however, “The ministry has received inquiries from beneficiaries on this. And the issue may soon be discussed by senior officials. a workaround”.
Those who have taken Sputnik are also struggling to get boosters. The Russian vaccine had hit private hospitals in Pune in July last year. And because it’s a two-dose schedule given 21 days apart, recipients will need to receive a Sputnik booster by the end of April.
But there was no update from the Ministry of Health on the precautionary doses of Sputnik V. Data from the Maharashtra health department showed that nearly 1.29 lakh people who took two doses of Sputnik should soon be eligible for the precautionary dose.
Professional working in Pune, Kevin Bhonde, who took Sputnik V last year, said he was to receive a precautionary dose on Wednesday. “But I did not receive an SMS alert from CoWIN. I was not able to make an appointment for a precaution on the system.”

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FG spends N5.9 billion on training and monthly allowances for N-power beneficiaries in Kano – Kano Focus https://cleversplitter.com/fg-spends-n5-9-billion-on-training-and-monthly-allowances-for-n-power-beneficiaries-in-kano-kano-focus/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 16:56:41 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/fg-spends-n5-9-billion-on-training-and-monthly-allowances-for-n-power-beneficiaries-in-kano-kano-focus/ Nasiru Yusuf The Agents for Citizen-Centred Transformation (ACT) program has launched a new initiative to bring together civil society organizations and media professionals under one umbrella. KANO TUNING reports that a one-day roundtable between civil society organizations and journalists was organized on Monday to chart the way forward for a lasting relationship. Speaking on the […]]]>

Nasiru Yusuf

The Agents for Citizen-Centred Transformation (ACT) program has launched a new initiative to bring together civil society organizations and media professionals under one umbrella.

KANO TUNING reports that a one-day roundtable between civil society organizations and journalists was organized on Monday to chart the way forward for a lasting relationship.

Speaking on the occasion, the ACT Program State Focal Person, Hajiya Rabi Adamu, said the meeting aimed to strengthen relations between the media and CSOs in order to influence the government on its responsibilities.

She also said the gathering will create synergy between CSOs and media for sustainable development.

“This is to set the media and CSO agenda for better partnerships. Facilitate constructive dialogue on how to improve CSO-Media relations. Discuss EU-ACT support to CSOs in the State To engage senior media personnel and compliment their efforts in nation building as drivers of change,” Ms. Adamu said.

Turning to ACT, Ms. Adamu said the objectives of the program are to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria by enhancing the credibility of CSOs and enhancing their role as independent development actors and drivers of change.

According to her, to achieve this objective, the program will focus on selected and strengthened CSOs, networks and coalitions working in the areas of EU intervention in 10 states, across the country.

She said, “The Agents for Citizens Driven Transformation (ACT) program works with civil society organizations to enable their effectiveness and credibility to become drivers of change in Nigeria.”

“ACT is implemented nationwide, with work in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, FCT, Adamawa, Edo, Enugu, Rivers, Sokoto, Borno and Plateau states.”

In an article titled “The Role and Impact of Civil Society in Enhancing Civic Space”, the Executive Director of the Organization for Community Civic Engagement (OCCEN) Nigeria, Abdulrazaq Alkali, said that strong civic space is essential for good governance, the rule of law and for enabling citizens to shape their societies.

He said civic space refers to an enabling environment that allows members of society to communicate and interact freely, resolve issues of concern, air grievances without hindrance, engage in dialogue and influence various sensitive public processes that affect them.

He stated that it is undoubtedly true that an open and pluralistic civic space that guarantees freedom of expression and opinion as well as freedom of assembly and association is a prerequisite for the consolidation and sustainability of democracy.

”Unfortunately, today civic space is under pressure due to politics, repressive laws with increased restrictions on the freedom of civil societies to express themselves, participate, assemble and associate in civic space.

“While new technologies have helped civil society networks grow, they have also given governments excuses to control civil society movements and media freedoms, often under security pretexts.

“The operating environment for civil society is plagued by regulations, civic activists and journalists are repressed and some are forced into exile,” the activist said.

Alkali lamented that civil society movements, political activism and political advocacy in Nigeria have been largely held back due to the track record of the country’s political history and rivalry between geopolitical regions.

“The negative politics of ethnicity and regionalism have created apathy and lack of trust, which has caused many civil societies to shake hands at times that require collective action. As a result, civil societies have failed to distinguish their affiliation from government in a way that can affirm and promote their autonomous and independent growth.

“Ultimately, such posturing has undermined the cause of civil society and confined it to issues that do not fundamentally challenge or affect the status quo,” he observed.

On her part, the Chairperson of the Kano State Chapter of Nigerian Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bilikisu Ado Zango said media collaboration with CSOs will improve good governance, transparency and respect for the Rule of law in society.

In his article titled “Finding Common Ground to Address Negative Perception Between Media and CSOs,” Zango said that civil society organizations and the media can play a key watchdog role across different sectors and build public support for more accountable democratic governance.

”Efforts are needed to promote an enabling environment for civil society and the media. Initiatives should include continuous dialogue to foster cooperation and trust between government, civil society (broadly defined) and the media,’ Ms Zango said.

Also speaking, Khadija Abdullahi Yahaya said that the media is an integral part of civil society. Adding that access to the media is essential for actors involved in the pursuit of transparency and equity towards the voiceless.

The one-day round table resolved to ensure more synergy between the media and CSOs to achieve the set objectives and to encourage periodic meetings with the two actors.

The meeting also observed the need to create a common platform for CSO journalists where they will exchange information.

The programme, Agents for Citizens-driven Transformation (ACT) is a four-year program (2019 – 2023) funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council.

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Beneficiaries must now reapply for the R350 grant, here’s why https://cleversplitter.com/beneficiaries-must-now-reapply-for-the-r350-grant-heres-why/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 15:03:21 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/beneficiaries-must-now-reapply-for-the-r350-grant-heres-why/ The Department of Social Development has previously said grants are handled through the National Disaster Statement, but since that ended the Welfare Act has had to be reinstated, which has its own requirements . With the end of the National State of Disaster that has been put in place due to COVID-19, those who were […]]]>

The Department of Social Development has previously said grants are handled through the National Disaster Statement, but since that ended the Welfare Act has had to be reinstated, which has its own requirements .

With the end of the National State of Disaster that has been put in place due to COVID-19, those who were previously receiving the R350 Distress Welfare Grants will have to re-apply, according to the Ministry of Health. Social development.

Africa Melane spoke to Paseka Letsatsi, Communications Manager at Sassa, about why this needs to happen and the process that will be followed.

Letsatsi says that previously grants were handled through the National Disaster Statement, but since that ended the Social Assistance Act has had to be reinstated, which has its own requirements.

This means recipients will need to reapply to follow the requirements of the Welfare Act in order to continue receiving their R350 support.

During the State of the Nation address earlier in April, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the grant would be extended until March 2023.

For more, listen to the full interview below..

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