Returnee families shocked by tightfisted assistance [Archives:2004/726/Business & Economy]

April 5 2004

Families retuning from expatriation described as tightfisted the monthly assistance granted to them by the government pursuant to the law of expatriates care, as too small to meet expenditure of a family of five members for five days when spending at minimum level on food stuffs, lodging and clothes.
Those also mention that the article of assistance grants each afflicted returning family from expatriation an sum of 3 thousand Yemeni riyals a month while the family needs 2 sacks of wheat costing 5 thousand riyals, on sack of flour worth 2500 riyals, other food stuffs worth 10 thousand riyals and 8 thousand riyals for lodging, added to that payment of water, electricity, and telephone bills at an average of 5 thousand riyals. The total amounts to 30,500 thousand riyals.
Hose returnee families have clarified that the total assistance for each family is 36 thousand riyals sum a year offered in 12 installments and if the sum was paid in one month it would not pay for requirements of the family for thirty days.
Those families believe that the flaw is with the law of expatriates care that has limited the volume of assistance with tightfisted sums of money despite the existing propaganda about the privileges mentioned in the same law.
It is to be noted that the families returning to the homeland live in poor residential quarters where there are no health, education, electricity and even water and telephone services. And this situation puts on them more suffering and homelessness. Some of these families that are well-to-do usually build for themselves houses in areas ate the outskirts of the cities and rarely their situations are treated or assistance is offered to them to face the difficult living circumstances.
On the other hand the returning families that possess financial assets deposited at the national banks, even if they faced distressed states in the courtiers of expatriation, they have a chance at home to re-adapt their life to the new circumstances and to begin running new investment projects by which they can gain profits supporting their general expenditures.
According to those returning families, there is a necessity to reconsider the amount of monthly financial assistance decided for the distressed families and the concerned authorities have to work in this direction to ensure the minimum level if living for those back home.