Minister of Family and Social Services Mahinur Özdemir Göktaş answered journalists’ questions after the cabinet meeting.
Upon a journalist’s reminder of President Erdoğan’s statement that applications for the “Family and Youth Fund” will begin on February 15, Minister Göktaş stated that applications will begin to be received from the website of the Ministry of Family and Social Services as of that date.
Göktaş stated that the earthquake region was determined as the pilot region in the Family and Youth Fund, which was created in line with President Erdoğan’s vision, and said:
“We benefited from international criteria when creating the Family and Youth Fund. However, we specifically relaxed the conditions for the earthquake region and kept them different. In the first stage, we will receive applications from our young people in Adıyaman, Gaziantep’s İslahiye and Nurdağı districts, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş and Malatya. In the following process, we will open the program. We will spread it throughout Turkey to include all our young people. We aimed to support both the marriage dreams and different projects of our young people. We will offer interest-free loans to our young people who will take the first step towards starting a family. With this support, our young people will also be able to implement their own projects. Applications can be made through the economic support section of the program. “Approved individuals will be provided with a loan support of 150 thousand liras with a total maturity of 48 months and a grace period of 2 years. We will carry out the process in proportion to the money accumulated in the fund.”
AGE RANGE HAS BEEN DETERMINED
When asked whether there was an age criterion in the application conditions, Göktaş said, “Examinations were made regarding age groups. Young people who want to benefit from the fund must be between the ages of 18-29, that is, not older than 30, as of the application date.“ he said.
In response to another journalist’s question about whether there is a criterion for the income of those who want to benefit from the fund, Göktaş said, “Intensive feasibility studies were carried out and international criteria were examined. In order for many of our young people to benefit from the fund, a criterion was determined that the total income of the couple should not exceed 2 gross minimum wages.” he replied.
Pointing out that those who want to benefit from the fund must have at least 2 months and at most 6 months until the official wedding day, Göktaş said that the applications will be evaluated carefully.
IT NEEDS TO BE COMMITTED
Stating that after the evaluations, those who meet the necessary conditions will benefit from the fund, Göktaş said, “Young people who will benefit from the fund must benefit from the training and consultancy services that our Ministry will offer before marriage and must undertake to benefit from the training and consultancy services it will offer after marriage. With this fund, we will invest in the future of our youth with the income obtained from Turkey’s underground riches.” he said.