Lithuania's parliament approves one-off payments to most deprived persons to ease quarantine effects

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VILNIUS, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania's parliament approved on Thursday the package of post-quarantine measures, including 200 euro one-off payments to all pensioners and representatives of some other socially deprived groups.

The payouts will be granted for persons if they are eligible for at least one of the following Sodra (the State Social Insurance Fund Board) benefits: old-age, invalidity pension, widow's, orphan's or survivor's pension, retirement pension, compensation for special working conditions, social assistance pension, or compensation granted under international agreements or European Union social security schemes.

According to the press release published by the parliament, the eligible persons will not have to apply for the payments as the money will be redistributed automatically this August.

"It is the first such situation in Lithuania when the whole economy stops for a while due to the need to prevent the spread of the virus. Although the quarantine is already being eased, we will have to remain careful," Minister of Social Security and Labor Linas Kukuraitis was quoted as saying in a press release published by the ministry.

"The quarantine will have a direct impact on the behavior, work, leisure and consumption habits of the population. For this reason, the government has proposed and the parliament has approved a package of aid measures," he said.

It is estimated that 910,000 residents will receive the payments. The cost for the measure from the state budget will amount to 182 million euros. Enditem

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