Queue for Bolsa Família reaches more than 2 million

More than 2.3 million Brazilians who are in the Cadastro Único (CadÚnico) of the Federal Government have not yet managed to gain access to Bolsa Família.

This is the result of the latest survey on the waiting list for the program, carried out by the Thematic Chamber of Social Assistance of the Northeast Consortium, with records until June this year. The survey was released today (26) by Folha de São Paulo’s panel column.

Of the total number of Brazilians in the queue, 844,372 people are in the Northeast, 247,885 in the North, 834,564 in the Southeast, 138,503 in the Midwest and 205,941 in the South.

“See that in the Northeast alone there are 844,372 families, this is not a number: millions of people are starving. We are talking about 2,271,265 families in Brazil in this situation of forwarding the request, having the right and not being attended to. It is the country withholding the daily bread for mothers and their families”, declared the president of the Consortium, the governor of Piauí Wellington Dias (PT-PI)

In addition to the lack of political will to accept the requests, the Federal Government also cut the benefit of thousands of beneficiaries.

Between December 2020 and February 2021, the Northeast Consortium found that Bolsonaro’s management removed 48,116 beneficiaries from the program only in the Northeast region. In the North, there were 13,014 people.

Earlier this year, Dias even sent an official letter to the Ministry of Citizenship demanding explanations for the cuts, according to him, made unevenly within the five regions.

Hunger and the new Bolsa Família

Last month, President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) presented MP 1061 to the National Congress, which creates the programs “Auxílio Brasil” and “Alimenta Brasil”.

The intention is to replace, respectively, the Bolsa Família and the Food Purchase Program (PAA).

The government’s promise, supported by Bolsonaro’s populist speeches, is that “Auxílio Brasil” will have greater investments than Bolsa Família.

In the text presented, however, there is no information about how many families will be assisted, what the amounts are and how the program will be financed. Today, Bolsa Família reaches around 14 million Brazilians.

If the number of families accessing the main social program in Brazil decreases, the trend is for an even greater aggravation of the hunger situation. This is what Tereza Campello, former minister of Social Development in the Dilma government, pointed out in a recent interview with Brasil de Fato.

In 2014, still under the Dilma Rousseff (PT) government, Brazil reached the lowest level of people below the poverty line (4.5% of the population), a mark that removed Brazil from the indexes that placed it on the “Map of Hunger” of the United Nations (UN).

Currently, amidst the crisis aggravated by the covid-19 pandemic, almost 60% of the population suffers from food insecurity.

Edition: Arturo Hartmann

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