The Court ordered the City of Rio to recharge the food card for the month of August to 630,240 students from the municipal education system, who had their benefit suspended last month. The City Hall has a period of 72 hours (which expires on Friday) to make the payment.
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Otherwise, according to the decision, the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro will immediately arrest R$ 34 million from the Municipality’s coffers, an amount equivalent to the payment of the benefit.
The arrest was requested by the Coordination of Children and Youth of the Public Defender of Rio last month, soon after the City Hall informed that it would not recharge the August amounts to more than 600,000 students due to the opening of a large part of the schools.
The Defender’s Office, however, did not agree with this argument since students continue to take turns between classroom and virtual classes, making it necessary to continue the benefit to guarantee food security for students when they are not attending classes in person.
The Defender’s Office also claims that the Municipality’s response violates clause five of the agreement signed in August 2020, which expressly states that the term “will be valid from the date of its signature and will last until the complete return of classroom classes in the municipal public network of education, suspended as a result of the covid-19 pandemic”.
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Councilman Chico Alencar (Psol) said, on social networks, even though the value is low, the meal card resource is very necessary, as the neediest families need this help to guarantee the right to school meals for their children.
“We live in dark times of famine, inflation and increasing poverty and hunger. In addition, the City Hall’s plan to serve meals in person in schools does not cover everyone,” commented the councilor.
understand the agreement
The agreement between the Municipality of Rio and the Public Defender’s Office was signed on August 12, 2020 with the objective of guaranteeing food for students who were left without lunch after the suspension of classes due to the social isolation measures resulting from Covid-19 .
The recharge must be done, according to the terms of the agreement, always on the 10th of each month. The amount of R$ 54.25 was established based on a study by the Annes Dias Nutrition Institute and corresponds to the amount needed to purchase foodstuffs that students consumed at school. In the case of hybrid teaching, recharges are due.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda