A representative of the Bituach Le'umi National Insurance Institute (NII) told the Knesset Economics Committee, Sunday, that it will submit to the Israel Electric Company, Wednesday, a list of about 60,000 names of people who qualify for a social electricity benefit that went into effect in 2007. The list consists of geriatric patients, disabled children, severely-disabled adults and other low-income members of society. After that the NII will ask eligibile single mothers for permission to send their details to the utility. A representative of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told Committee Chairman Carmel Shama-Hacohen after the meeting that the IDF would send the institute a disk with details of about 5,000 soldiers without family in Israel who qualify for the benefit, even though the malfunction which had delayed earlier submission of the names has still not been fixed.
Announcement of the submissions came in follow-up to a meeting, six months ago, when it was discovered that only 100 million shekels of the 250 million earmarked for this purpose had been used. The additional categories of eligible recipients was added at that meeting.