The difference between Fuqara'' and Masakin is

Q 1 : If there is a public servant who supports seven or ten persons and some of his salary is deducted to pay his debts; may he receive Zakah?

A1 : If the person mentioned in the question - or any other employee in a similar situation - does not have sufficient means for provision; and does not have income from an outside job that can suffice him; and he is not able to provide Nafaqah (obligatory financial support) for himself and his dependents under his responsibility, it is permissible for him to receive money of Zakah that suffices the Nafaqah of himself and his children on a reasonable basis. It is not proper for a proper recipient of Zakah to dispute with Zakah officers; he should feel justified if he is given something and praise Allah. Otherwise, he can implore Allah for His bounty.May Allah grant us success. May Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions!