The Senate of Bolivia has promulgated the law that gives way to the call ‘Bonus Against Hunger’, valued at 1,000 Bolivians (about 120 euros) and proposed by the candidate of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) in the next general elections, Luis Arce, after not considering Jeanine Áñez’s objections to the regulations.
The president of the Senate, Eva Copa, as she did on other occasions, has taken advantage of a session of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly to promulgate a norm that had met with the refusal of the new ruling party, considering that the funds to cover this subsidy They are already committed to the ‘Bono Salud’ of 500 bolivianos (50 euros) that Áñez proposed.
Support for the pandemic
At the end of August, Copa decided to implement three new laws to deal with the pandemic of COVID-19, after waiting several months for Áñez to sign the bills that the Senate itself, controlled by the MAS, carried out.
On that occasion it was the exceptional rental law, which guarantees care for patients with COVID-19 in private clinics and access to hyperimmune plasma for free.
The Government has argued that the funds to pay for this law, which come from the world Bank (WB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are already committed to other measures, as reported by the Bolivian daily ‘La Razón’.
Disputes over money
However, MAS deputy Otilia Choque, who chairs the Planning Commission, explained last month when the proposal was presented, that the WB and IDB items were valued at 800 million dollars (680 million euros), of which 550 (465) would go to the ‘Bond against Hunger’.
For its part, the government has criticized this Copa decision, assuring that this will prevent the payment of the ‘Health Bonus’ proposed by the interim president, who has asked the MAS to, “with his hand on his chest, release the economic resources“to deliver this aid.
Now the norm must be published in the official gazette, dependent on the Ministry of the Presidency, so that it has the character of law. With this subsidy, those citizens over 18 years of age who do not have income of any kind, will receive a single payment including those mothers who receive the ‘Juana Azurduy Bonus’, People with disabilities or those who are beneficiaries of the ‘Universal Bonus’.