The Pension for Persons with Permanent Disabilities registers in the Federation’s Egres Budget Project (PPEF) 2020, which the Ministry of Finance delivered to the Chamber of Deputies for discussion and approval on 8 September, an increase of 44.2% in from 8.5 billion pesos in 2019 to 11 thousand 905 million 876 thousand 321 pesos.
The beneficiaries of this programme are persons with disabilities who belong to indigenous groups in the country and are between 0 and 64 years of age; as well as children and young people with permanent disabilities from 0 to 29 years of age living in municipalities and urban areas of high and very high marginalization.
The amount of support is 2,550 bimonthly pesos. The aim of the programme is to remove barriers to exclusion, discrimination and racism faced by children, young people and indigenous people with disabilities.
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Last January, when he presented his main social programs, including this one, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that one million people would be cared for.
During the presentation of his First Government Report, he endorsed it: «Pension for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities’ is an act of justice that will benefit one million children with permanent disabilities across the country.»
According to INEGI’s National Survey of Demographic Dynamics (ENADID) 2018, there were, as of last year, 7 million 877 thousand 805 people with disabilities. Of these, one million 294 thousand 397s were between 0 and 29 years old, 16.4% of the total. Regarding the indigenous-speaking population with this condition, the last data is from 2014, when 484,000 people were registered.
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The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) estimates that 84.9% of the population with disabilities is vulnerable, 10% in extreme poverty and 39.4% in moderate poverty, only 6.4% have no social deprivation, but only 6.4% have no social deficiencies, but if an income below the economic well-being line.
For 2019, the Treasury approved a budget of 8.5 billion pesos for this social policy. Although in the second quarter it made a downward modification and left the amount at 7 thousand 853 million 553 thousand 446 pesos.
The program’s expenditure until the end of the first half of 2019 was 3.513 million 849 thousand pesos. According to data from the First Government Report, 691,590 people with permanent disabilities were attended by June 2019.
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But the social communication office of the Ministry of Welfare, a unit in charge of this program, reported to Animal Político that the current number of beneficiaries is already 790 thousand, and that the goal for 2020 is to reach one million people, although it did not specify in which month.
However, the 44.2% increase you will have for this year, if the Chamber of Deputies approves the amount, the programme budget is insufficient to cover one million beneficiaries for one year.
If the pension they receive is 2,550 each bimestre, a budget of 15 billion pesos would be required, against that allocated in the PPEF which is 11 thousand 905 million 876 thousand 321 pesos.
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