Certain sectors being removed in Kidu relief phase II

Certain sectors are being phased out in the second phase of Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Kidu.

These sectors include private technical and vocational institutes, including driving and tailoring institutes; all businesses now allowed to operate until 9pm; informal businesses and street vendors; sports centers – stadiums, gyms, yoga, dance studios, rubber tracks and facilities for traditional games and taxis and other public transport drivers and employees.

The Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Kidu for individuals whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the COVID19 pandemic shall be continued for another three months from July to September 2020.

According to the Kidu office, applicants need to follow criteria to receive the Kidu phase II such as employees who have been laid off, or placed on unpaid leave or reduced salary from businesses in tourism and tourism-dependent sectors, and businesses mandated to remain closed by government directives and activities affected to a greater degree by physical distancing measures and have no other means of sustaining their livelihoods.

The Kidu office also stated that individuals engaged in self-operated businesses in tourism and tourism-dependent sectors and has no other means of sustaining their livelihoods are eligible to apply.

Bhutanese who were working abroad and have returned home permanently because of COVID19 and have no other means of sustaining their livelihoods can also apply for the kidu relief now.

However, Kidu recipients will be required to actively seek jobs in the various employment programs launched by the government or the private sector when opportunities arise.

All applicants requiring Kidu support for the months July to September 2020 will be required to submit an application. Those individuals who applied/received Kidu in the first phase from April-June 2020 will also be required to reapply. Desk and field verifications will be conducted to assess eligibility. Applicants may also be required to physically present themselves during the verification process.

Kidu beneficiaries in Phase I covered applicants from the tourism sector as well as from many other sectors that were adversely affected because of the necessary measures to prevent community transmission of the COVID19.

While many people and businesses continue to face economic difficulties, the recent relaxations and extension in business timing are expected to help businesses recuperate their earnings.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu