A call has been made for legislators to work with their communities to assess the needy underprivileged widows, orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly and the disabled so that they can benefit from the Social Welfare Fund.

The call was made during a session of the National House of Assembly this Wednesday (today) during the time for questions without notice.

Government said it remains alive to protecting special interest groups which include orphans and vulnerable groups, widows, the elderly and the disabled.

In light of this Treasury disbursed $7 million to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to be accessed by the deserving needy populace.

This emerged after Dangamvura Chikanga legislator Cde Esau Mupfumi said he was inundated with calls from the underprivileged within his community who are unable to eke out a living owing to their vulnerable status.

The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Cde Petronella Kagonye called on community leaders as well as legislators to actively involve themselves in the identification of the needy and approach her ministry’s social welfare officers deployed around the country’s provinces.

Vulnerable communities without capacity to access social security are also entitled to access food hand outs sourced from various government partners and none state actors and monies for school fees for orphans and vulnerable children.