The Brazilian Social Security Authority (PSSA) on Wednesday confirmed that it is not ready to launch portals in the country’s three most populous states in time for its September 18 deadline to implement the nation’s sweeping welfare reform.
The PSSA’s announcement came just hours after Brazilian lawmakers approved a bill to grant amnesty to millions of people who have been granted amnesty under the reforms, the countrys first major overhaul of its labor laws since 2002.
The move is likely to boost the fortunes of the ruling Workers Party, which won a record 12 of Brazil’s 18 parliamentary seats in the June 16 vote.
The social security authority has previously said that it will open the portals to help boost the nations labor market and provide additional jobs to the poor and unemployed.
The portal will be the first of its kind in the world, with a market value of approximately $3 billion.
But with the passage of the reforms in the last weeks of the year, Brazil’s Social Security Commission (PSSC) has said that the portal will likely not open until September.
The government has been criticized by many for its delay in opening the portals.
A group of activists and economists called on the government to open the portal before the deadline, arguing that the reforms will not increase the poverty rate and that there are other measures that would be more beneficial to the unemployed and poor.
In a statement, the PSSC said that all of the portals have been opened, including social media portal, mobile apps and the portal itself.
It added that the portals are “in the process of being completed” and that they will open soon.
The Social Security Agency said in its statement that it has been working to ensure that the social security system is ready to handle the new measures that were implemented.
“The portal will not be available in all states,” the agency said.