In India, elderly people, people with disabilities, widows and the like are entitled to a small benefit. AREDS was mandated to pay these benefits. To do so, they visit the beneficiaries at home, because people do not have a bank account and they find it difficult to move around, especially now that public transport is at a standstill. So AREDS goes to slums and remote villages to visit these people. During the payout a fingerprint is taken as a 'signature'. AREDS continues to visit these vulnerable people. To do so in these difficult times, they provide protective clothing, mouth masks and gloves to their employees and volunteers. This allows the payouts to be done safely.
Today, some 2 billion people work in the informal economy; more than 1.6 billion of them are affected by the lockdown, particularly in terms of income.
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