Over 700,000 applications approved for the surplus handout so far

A total of 719,814 or 42.96 pct of all applications for a government handout (“social dividend”) have been approved, according to data as of Thursday afternoon. The dividend is a result of the overperformance of the primary surplus target for 2017.

IDIKA, the independent electronic platform for social insurance issues and data, said that as of 16:00 on November 30 the platform had received 1,675,596 applications for the handout. Non-approved applications totalled 341,713 (20.39 pct), cancelled applications reached 147,835 (or 8.82 pct), and incomplete ones that need further processing total 403,520 (24.08 pct).