Muscat- Dr. Laila bint Ahmed Al-Najjar, Minister of Social Development, said that the establishment of Al-Gharmeen Charitable Association to help debtors who are unable to repay their loans, will be announced soon.

Speaking at Majlis A’Shura, she said a series of meetings were held with the founding committee of the association which included specialists from various relevant authorities.

She said the Deputy Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman had responded regarding the Al-Gharmeen charity and work was underway to make an announcement soon. “Steps and measures will be taken to avoid duplication with other associations working for the same cause.”

Utility bills.

She said the ministry was monitoring the issue of high electricity and water prices for families registered under the national subsidy scheme.

Departments affiliated with the ministry in the different governorates of the Sultanate have been tasked with monitoring the situation of these families and helping them enroll in the national electricity and water subsidy scheme.

“A large number of people eligible for the subsidy did not register in the national electricity subsidy system, and their number stood at 37,215,” she said.

Cyclone relief

The Minister said immediate aid was provided to those affected by Cyclone Shaheen which covered 33,687 families who requested financial assistance following damage to their homes and properties in Musanah, Suwaiq, Khaboura and Saham.

A total of 16,913,000 RO was paid to 16,913 families whose houses were completely damaged by the cyclone. Each family received 1,000 RO.

The transfer of funds started on October 8, 2021 and the last payment was made on January 12, 2022.

An amount worth RO7.290,000 was granted to 14,580 cases partially affected by the cyclone, while 2,462 applications did not qualify for assistance according to the eligibility criteria approved by the Ministerial Committee.

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