Riyadh- The Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Saudi Arabia has revealed that the beginning of February will witness registration at the “Citizens Account Program” – a program that aims at limiting impact of energy prices on citizens – in a step to support the low and medium-income Saudis.
Majed Al-Osaimi, general supervisor of the social development department, said that the Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis has approved the organizational structure of the program in preparation for launching it officially.
A comprehensive call center has been established to receive inquiries of beneficiaries for 18 hours per day, according to Osaimi. “Registering in the program is available any time since the beginning of February. There is no need to rush for registration in the first days because the electronic portal is open 24/24,” Osaimi added.
He emphasized on getting information about the program from official sources whether the electronic portal, the official Twitter page of the program or the call center.
Saudi Arabia has allocated SAR25 billion (USD6.6 billion) as a monetary support to citizens in 2017, when this figure is expected to jump to SAR60 billion (USD16 billion) by 2020.
The “Citizens Account Program” mainly addresses low-income households to alleviate economic impact of various reforms on Saudi households. Beneficiaries of the program are Saudi households and individuals residing in their own place as well as Saudi women married to foreigners for one condition: to hold the transport card.
The electronic portal will be the sole platform to register. The guardian of a family can create an account on the e-portal, provide the required information about himself and his dependents, together with necessary documents, if any.