SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Four programs account for 79.5 percent of Mides budget

The programs benefit some 217,000 people.

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The Ministry of Social Development (Mides) earmarked $244.4 million this year to fund the four main programs of conditional economic assistance that it manages.

The programs are 120 for 65, Guardian Angel, the Opportunities Network and the Food and Nutrition Security Plan. Those programs accounted for 79.5 percent of the ministry's $307.1 million budget.

These programs assisted 217,938 people across the country.

Roberto Troncoso, a representative of the private sector, stated that while it is true that assistance should be provided to the underprivileged, the state must work to reduce subsidies and ensure that the aid being offered reaches those who really need it.

In the last year, the ministry has removed more than 13,000 people from the 120 for 65 program, which aids indigent retirees, for exceeding the program's income limits.

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