Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered to provide citizens with inflation allowances to ease the expected rise in the cost of living after the newly enforced value added tax (VAT).
According to Al Arabiya local news on Saturday, he also directed to pay the annual grant provided to employees working for the government sector and to be calculated from January 1.
The stated grants include payment of a monthly living allowance of 267 U.S. dollars for civil and military employees for one year, and a reward of 1,333 U.S. dollars for military personnel participating in the front lines of military operations in the southern borders of the Kingdom.
In addition to pensions paid by the General Organization for Social Insurance for beneficiaries, 133 U.S. dollars will be granted for one year.
Xinhua reports the order highlighted that the state shall bear the VAT for citizens benefiting from private health services and private education.