By RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Published: Feb 28, 2012 02:30 Updated: Feb 28, 2012 02:30
The Ministry of Labor and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) have warned punitive measures will be taken against those who are receiving Hafiz unemployment assistance illegally.
Cases against those who have become Hafiz beneficiaries by entering false information when registering for the allowance online will be referred to the local courts, Al-Eqtisadiah business daily reported yesterday.
The warning, posted on the websites of the ministry and HRDF, comes at a time when the HRDF is set to distribute more than SR1.6 billion among some 816,000 Hafiz beneficiaries for the third month in a row. About 251,000 new jobseekers were added to the list of Hafiz beneficiaries. The benefits will be deposited in the beneficiaries bank accounts.
The ministry and the fund warned that if any information supplied by the beneficiaries were found incorrect, penal action would be taken against them. The ministry is currently studying a proposal to penalize beneficiaries of the Hafiz program who turn down suitable job offers. Those who find good jobs will no longer be eligible for Hafiz assistance and the ministry will stop paying them. They may need to pay back some of the allowance.