Tue Jun 3, 2014, 08:21 AM

Venezuela’s Maduro Announces Reforms to “Widen” Social Programs

Mérida, 2nd June 2014 ( – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has announced a series of reforms to the system of state-run social programs, known as “missions”, in order to improve their reach and performance.

Key initiatives include unifying the missions’ administration, merging programs with similar aims and beneficiaries, and passing a law to ingrain the mission system into the nation’s legal framework.

Maduro said the reforms would be carried out this coming month to unify the missions into an integrated national welfare system.

“I’m going to declare June the month of the National System of Missions and Great Missions. The whole month is going to be dedicated to launching, re-launching and widening the spectrum of benefits for the Venezuelan people through the missions,” he said last week on his radio program Contact with Maduro.

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