Last Wednesday (27), the Chamber of Deputies accepted the creation of the assistance program entitled Auxílio Gás. This measure comes to serve people with low income who currently cannot afford the costs of the gas cylinder.
With the high prices in the Brazilian scenario, the assistance program proposes to cover 40% of the current price of the gas cylinder. The text is in progress for presidential approval.
What this article covers:
Who and how many people will be assisted by the new Aid?
Named Auxílio Gás, the program provides for the cost of cooking gas for at least two million families registered in the Single Registry (CadÚnico), with income less than or equal to half the minimum wage. Those who are currently living in the same residence as a beneficiary of the BPC (Continued Provision Benefit) will also benefit.
The aid will be given preferably to families that have women who have been victims of domestic violence and are currently being monitored by some protective measure. The aid amount will give preference to be paid to women who are responsible for the family.
How much will the benefit be?
This benefit will have the value corresponding to half the national price of the 13 kg cylinder. Currently, cooking gas has reached the price of R$98.07. It will be expected to be paid for at least five years from the opening of budgetary credits.
It is estimated that the gas aid will have an average cost of R$592 million and will be funded through royalties belonging to the Union in the production of oil and natural gas.
It is requested by the deputy Christino Aureo (PP-RJ) that the government manages to sanction the proposal quickly. The matter in question was under analysis in September, but there were changes in its base text, so it went back to vote in the Chamber. Now, the proposal awaits the approval of President Jair Bolsonaro.
With prices on the rise, low-income families are being led to opt for other means to replace cooking gas. There are those who use alcohol and a wood stove when cooking. These alternative means have brought a series of serious consequences to those who use them, among them lung problems and accidents with burns.
The Gas aid is intended to reduce these rates, making it easier for families who meet the requirements to have access to gas and not run risks when using other means in food preparation.