The Brazilian government on Tuesday began disbursing social assistance benefits with a 50% increase as part of a US$8 billion package of measures approved by Congress last month.
Caixa Economica Federal, a state-owned bank, has begun paying Auxilio Brasil R$600 (US$120), benefiting some 20 million poor families, and Vale Gas R$110 reais (US$22) for more than five million users.
At the same time, a subsidy of R$1,000 (US$200) has begun to be paid to nearly one million truck drivers. This is another measure included in a proposed constitutional amendment (PEC) approved . . .