The state deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Rio (Alerj) approved this Tuesday (23) the creation of a emergency aid up to R $ 300 in state of Rio, valid until the end of 2021. The program’s target is families below the poverty line, with a monthly income of up to R $ 178 per person, people who lost their jobs during the pandemic and self-employed workers. The proposal was presented by the president of Alerj, deputy André Ceciliano (PT), and has the support of the acting governor, Cláudio Castro, to be implemented. The bill was unanimously approved by deputies.
The bill, which is to be sanctioned by the governor, provides for the payment of R $ 200 per beneficiary who fits the rules, with an additional R $ 50 per minor child, up to the limit of two children. The benefit cannot be accumulated with the Family Grant nor with new federal emergency aid. If the state aid is instituted before a new Union aid, the beneficiary will have the payment suspended while receiving the federal installments.
The main source of funding for the program will be state funds, which would have 30% of its resources unlinked. Only the State Fund for Combating Poverty, the main one, is expected to receive R $ 4.6 billion in 2021, of which R $ 1.3 billion could be allocated to the benefit. In order to guarantee the disconnection, however, Alerj still needs to approve a Constitutional Amendment Proposal (PEC) that will allow the use of state funds.
According to the approved text, the state government must regulate the granting of aid by decree, detailing how the payment will be made operational. The executive will also be required to disclose on his transparency portal the list of named beneficiaries, the last five CPF numbers and the municipality of residence of those who will receive the aid.
President of the Alerj Taxation Commission, deputy Luiz Paulo guarantees that the government will already be able to use 30% of the Fund to Combat Poverty for assistance, due to an untying approved at the end of 2019, which allocated part of the resources to the cash only in the state. Thus, according to him, actions today financed by the Fund will not be affected:
– The last thing the Fund finances today is the fight against poverty. And at the end of 2019 the then Governor Witzel already approved in this House the untying of revenues from many funds. Just use what is already being unlinked – guarantees.
The approved project also grants the benefit to self-employed professionals, workers in the popular solidarity economy, family farmers, cultural producers, among other categories of microentrepreneurs.
Leader of the state government at Alerj, Deputy Márcio Pacheco (PSC) guaranteed that the Executive will work to implement the benefit:
– Rio de Janeiro needs, and I am sure that the government also intends to implement this measure, with due regard for all protections with regard to maintaining the state in the Tax Recovery Regime and not making Rio enter into any type of collapse. I am sure that the government will endeavor to carry out this measure – he guaranteed.
The president of Alerj estimates that about 350 thousand families will be served by the benefit. According to Ceciliano, the cost will depend on the definition of the federal government, since the beneficiaries of a new Union aid would be removed from the state program.
In addition to the payment of aid, the project also provides for the creation of a Credit line of R $ 50 thousand for micro and small entrepreneurs, micro-entrepreneurs, cooperatives and different categories of self-employed professionals. The maximum term for payment of the loan would be up to five years, with a minimum grace period of six months.