Govt Extends Payment Of Civil Servants’ US$75 COVID-19 Allowance

The government has announced the indefinite extension of the COVID-19 allowance for civil servants and pensioners.

Since June last year, the government has been paying its workers US$75 allowances, and pensioners US$30 to cushion them against economic challenges aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 allowance was supposed to be last paid in December last year.

In a letter addressed to the president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) Enock Dongo, Health Services Board (HSB) executive director Ruth Kaseke, said:

Please be advised that Treasury has extended the payment of Covid-19 allowance equivalent to US$75 until further review which will be guided by the status of the pandemic and financial affordability.

Public sector health workers are also getting an additional $3 700 risk allowance while teachers are getting an additional 10 per cent risk allowance.

In a related development, the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that contract workers and aides of the visually impaired will be paid RTGS dollars equivalent to US$75.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima on Tuesday confirmed the extension of the COVID-19 allowance for civil servants until further notice. He said:

We said right at the beginning that as an employer we felt the need to pay our employees such an allowance to cushion them against the hardships brought about by Covid-19.

Such an amount that we have been giving them as an employer has become a very considerable chunk on their salaries and they were benefiting a lot.

That is why the Government has decided to extend this allowance from this month henceforth.

More: Chronicle

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