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Peru passes bill to create Development and Social Inclusion Ministry
Peru's Cabinet Chief Salomon Lerner together with Ministers of Foreign Trade, Interior and Production. (Photo: Andina/Hector Vinces)
August 18, 2011
The Peruvian Council of Ministers passed a bill on Thursday, that would create the Development and Social Inclusion Ministry, whose function will be implementing social programs designed by the government to promote social inclusion, Cabinet Chief Salomon Lerner announced yesterday.
He noted that the new ministry will be responsible for social programs and work to turn them into productive tools for the benefit of the poor.
Lerner said that one of its objectives will be to create the conditions so that beneficiaries of the Juntos program use the subsidy as a "financial leverage" to improve their quality of life.
In addition, the new portfolio will be in charge of Juntos, Pension 65 and Cuna Mas, main social programs promoted by the government of President Ollanta Humala, under its policy of promoting social inclusion.
"Programs that were part of the electoral campaign and President Ollanta Humala’s road map are to be executed and implemented through the creation of this new ministry," he said at a press conference at the Government Palace.
The head of Production, Kurt Burneo, who will take on the new portfolio, pointed out that his role will be to formulate, plan, implement, evaluate and monitor the national and sectoral policy on social development and inclusion.
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