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Cabinet has approved the revised Benefit Review Mechanism for use in the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).
This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz, during a Post Cabinet press briefing on July 15 at Jamaica House.
Mr. Vaz said that the revised Benefit Review Mechanism for use in the PATH programme, is to be comprised of a time triggered review of the benefit level every two years.
In addition, there is to be an inflation triggered review adjustment, in case inflation exceeds eight per cent in the next two fiscal years, with new inflation criterion thereafter, based on the inflation target of the Government; and linking the average cash benefit to at least 30 per cent of the international poverty standard of US$1.25 per day.
The Benefit Review Mechanism is intended to provide a structure for the objective review of the monetary benefit paid by PATH, with the main aims of ensuring that the real value is not eroded over time and that the benefit provides meaningful support for the recipient, Mr. Vaz said.
Cabinet has also approved the establishment of a National Emergency Response Geographical Information Systems Team (NERGIST) by the National Disaster Committee/Damage Assessment Committee of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and the National Spacial Data Management Division of the Office of the Prime Minister.
“NERGIST will consist of Geographical Information System technical specialists from multiple government agencies, private sector organisations, tertiary institutions and committees, who will undertake geospatial analysis, scenario modelling, image interpretation and analysis, data collection and damage assessment prior to and during post metrological, geological and man-made disaster events,” Mr. Vaz said.