Boost Workthe program of the Ministry of Social Development through which social organizations are demanding more quotas and resources, has spent $115,730 million in the yearmore than the entire budget executed by the programs of the Ministry of Health.
It is one of the most important savings banks in the State and is managed by the Secretary of Social Economy, Emilio Pérsico, leader of the Evita Movement and aligned with the government of Alberto Fernández. In the first 135 days of the year, $768 million per day were already spent on that programaccording to the official Open Budget site, dependent on the Ministry of Economy.
The leftist social movementsin disagreement with the distribution of the Government’s social budget, They are claiming a greater number of quotas for the program, which currently has more than 1.2 million beneficiaries. After several meetings with Social Development, Minister Juan Zabaleta’s refusal to expand the number of people who receive the Work Promotion was maintained, but a bonus of $6,000 was paid, and based on the increase in the Minimum Vital and Mobile Salary, raised the credit of the beneficiaries to $19,450.
However, the differences between the picketers and the Nation are getting bigger and bigger. And they were exposed like never before last Thursday, with a massive march that brought together more than 100,000 people from all over the country and which ended with an act in Plaza de Mayo, with slogans critical of the Government.
In the federal piquetero march, which brought together $100,000 people in Plaza de Mayo, more funds were demanded for the Empower Work. Photo: Juano Tesone.
It was the third mobilization in less than two months, without the camps on July 9 held in March and April, but with a much more forceful claim, also underpinned by the growth of inflation, which that same day touched 6% in April. and accumulates 23% in just one quarter.
In that period of time, the execution of the Enhance Work funds has already climbed to 50.9%with $115.73 billion of the $227.1 billion scheduled for this year. If the $103,637 million demanded in the year by the Food Card are added -with global funds for $248,740 million- are $219,367 million that were spent on social plans from the Ministry of Social Development. The amount equals $1.625 million per day between the two programs.
Emilio Persico, the leader of the Evita Movement that manages the plans to Empower Work in Social Development. Photo Juano Tesone.
It is expected that neither the Work Enhancement nor Food Policies -in charge of the fielder Laura Valeria Alonso- end the year with the current items, since at this rate of execution, as happened in 2020 and 2021, they will need extra funds. The decision to advance the payments of the Minimum Vital and Mobile Salary, driven by Maximo Kirchnerwill derive in an increase of the funds of the Work Promotion.
What is the health budget
Making a comparison with other areas of the State, the budget allocated to Empower Work exceeds, for example, the total resources received in 2022 all programs of the Ministry of Healthwhat accumulate an annual expense of $ 92,323 million30.2% of the $305,674 million stipulated in the calculation made for all jurisdictions.
For example, the central program of the ministry headed by Carla Vizzotti is “Prevention and control of communicable and vaccine-preventable diseases”which groups, among others, the resources for the provision of vaccines against Covid-19. In just over four months, for that section $32,792 million were accruedalmost a quarter of the funds received by Empower Work.
Carla Vizzotti and Juan Zabaleta, Ministers of Health and Social Development, together.
Nine other programs within Health are also receiving less funds than the one requested by the picketers. Ch$13,864 million were spent for “Various transfers”, Ch$12,487 million for “Other expenses”, Ch$11,858 million for “Financial assistance to health insurance agents”, Ch$5,811 million for “Community health care”.
For “Development of Public Health Insurance”, $4,962 million, for “Access to medicines, supplies and medical technology”, $3,148 million. For “Response to HIV, sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and leprosy”, $2,805 million, for “Prevention and chronic non-communicable diseases”, $2,587 million, and for “Core Activities”, $2,005 million.