OF the 1831 applications lodged with the Department of Social Welfare for assistance under the Social Pension Scheme this year, 329 are from the Northern Division.
Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Minister Dr Jiko Luveni says the applications were made by senior citizens nationwide over the past two weeks.
"We have received 1831 applications and this scheme covers people who are 70 years old and above and not receiving any form of superannuation funds," Dr Luveni said.
"Out of this, a total of 329 applications are from the north.
"The criteria is clear — people are encouraged to fill in the forms, attach their birth certificate and two passport photos and have their applications endorsed by a renowned community leader or civil servant."
The forms are available at all the Social Welfare offices.
"We are targeting 9000 people to be assisted under the scheme this year.
"Government is pleased to put in place an initiative that will benefit the senior citizens and we would like them to fully take advantage of this assistance."