Jobseeker money deposited in bank of account of Saudi princess

Princess Basmah Bint Saud speaking to a packed chamber at The Cambridge Union Society in October 2012. (Courtesy of basmahbintsaud.com)

A princess has discovered that an amount of SR1,500 ($400) was deposited in her bank account by the Hafiz unemployment assistance program, Al-Hayat daily reported on Tuesday.

Princess Basmah Bint Saud questioned on her Twitter account how the money came to her account even though the scheme aims only to assist jobless Saudi men and women.

She said in the tweet: “Can I ask the officials in charge of the program how I have qualified for the assistance?"

“I, however, thank them for boosting my bank account.”

The tweet attracted a wide response from social media users.

The princess said she sent the tweet to encourage officials to improve Hafiz’s payment system.

“This is what I call good governance,” she said. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah had approved the Hafiz program to provide financial support to Saudi job seekers until they find work.

The subsidy will be paid for 12 months. For the first four months qualified persons will each be paid SR1,500 monthly. The amount will reduce to SR1,250 for the next four months and SR1,000 for the last four months.

So far, about 1.4 million Saudi men and women are registered with Hafiz. They will have to update their data every week.

This story was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

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