.

Social Security

The Concept of Social Security

It is one of the components of the social safety network in the Sultanate. It is regulated by the social security law issued by the Royal Decree No (87/84) and its amendments. According to the law, monthly salaries are paid to specific groups who do not have sufficient income for living and do not have the bound breadwinner who is able to pay for their expenditures. These families also receive assistances and other privileges.

Objectives of the Social Security Service

  1. Offer financial aid to the financially poor individuals and families
  2. Provide social protection for the socially fragile groups
  3.  Fulfill integration in covering the social safety network in participation with the rest of its components

Beneficiaries of the service

  1. Orphans: children whose father had passed away and they are below eighteen. Children with unknown father or unknown parents are considered orphans. The same aforesaid children who are over eighteen and are still enrolled in regular schools or institutes till the end of the public education period or its equivalent are also considered orphan
  2. Widow: any woman below the age of sixty whose husband is dead and she remained without marriage and has no bound breadwinner who is able to pay her expenditure and has no sufficient income for living.
  3. The Divorced: any woman below the age of sixty who got divorced; has not got married yet; has no income for living and does not have a breadwinner who is able to pay her expenditure. 
  4.  The Abandoned: any woman abandoned by her husband to a place where it is not possible to contact with for at least one year and he has no place or residence. The abandoning shall be certified by a legitimate document.
  5.  The single girl: a girl who is over 18 and below 60 who did not get married before; has no bound breadwinner who is able to pay her expenditure and she has no sufficient income for living.
  6.  The Elderly: any male or female who is over the age of sixty and has no bound breadwinner who is able to pay his or her expenditure and has no sufficient income for living.
  7.  The prisoner’s family: the family whose breadwinner has been imprisoned for more than (6) months; has no sufficient income for living; has no bound breadwinner who is able to pay their expenditure and there is no objection to taking care of such family.
  8. The disabled: anyone who is over 18 and below 60 and it has been proved by medical checkup that he is not able to handle a proper job. Disabled are also the minors below the age of eighteen with permanent diseases or disabilities and do not have sufficient income for living or a bound breadwinner to pay their expenditure.