The special intervention committee set up by Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services to assess the conditions of people living in destitution in Maldives has lent its assistance to 20 people.
Gender Ministry says it conducted its field assessment on February 1, in response to reports of dozens of panhandlers outside the local market in Male’ City.
Gender Minister, Shidhatha Shareef herself had joined ministry officials during the field assessments.
They had shared three main concerns with the officials; lack of employment opportunities, disabilities and lack of finance to seek medical attention, and lack of housing.
Gender Ministry, in statement this Sunday, noted that it was in its mandate to assure social protection for people with disabilities, children, the elderly, and others who require special care from the State.
It announced that a special intervention committee set up by the Gender Ministry has begun assessments to identify people who require special care and protection by the State.
It said the committee, in addition to conducting its assessments, will liaison with relevant institutions and centers to ensure they receive the care and protection they require.
The committee has so far identified and assisted 20 individuals in the following ways: