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Chetumal government worker fired after signing up for state welfare program

Chetumal, Q.R. — A Chetumal government worker has been fired after successfully filing for financial assistance meant for women in need. The now-former Chetumal city worker, Janely “M”, received a salary of 40,000 pesos a month.

She was found not only on the sign-up list for financial support, but having received financial support on three occasions. The woman enrolled herself in the state welfare program Mujeres de Vida.

By signing up, she was entitled to a rechargeable credit card in her name that the state deposited money onto (approximately 2,000 pesos per month). It also meant she was entitled to receive a box of basic household food items each month as part of the program.

Janely “M” was Director of Social Development for Othón P. Blanco. She was fired after signing up for and receiving financial support meant for low-income women.

Chetumal Mayor Yensunni Martínez Hernández confirmed Janely “M’s” dismissal and clarified that she will not be relocated to another position.

“It pains me to say this, really because she is a very competent professional who has worked hard to contribute to the administration.

“So far there have not been any administrative infractions, however, we know the right path to follow and for this reason, her resignation has unfortunately been requested,” explained Yensunni Martínez.

She was fired as the state Comptroller’s Secretariat continues to conduct investigations into other officials who have been accused of signing up for the state’s welfare program.

Two other government officials were removed from their positions August 17 after they were found receiving financial support from the state when receiving salaries of more than 30,000 pesos a month.

Yensunni Martínez said that as Governor Mara Lezama has instructed, they will apply the law without consideration so as not to undermine the purpose of social programs, whose objective is to help people in vulnerable situations that really need help.