"It's a very advanced legal project, which was submitted to parliament and will be discussed over the next week", said a government source.
At the opening of his consultations, Essebsi accused the foreign press of "amplifying" the social unrest and damaging the country's image in its coverage of protests.
President Beji Caid Essebsi will on Sunday visit the protest-hit poor district of Ettadhamen in the capital Tunis, make a speech and open a cultural centre, an official said.
Social Affairs Minister Mohamed Trabelsi told Radio Mosaique that the government had agreed in a meeting to raise the welfare budget by 100 million dinars ($40.2 million), with poor families set to receive a 20-percent increase in aid. The Interior Ministry said on Friday it had detained more than 700 people.
Protests are expected to continue through January 14, the anniversary marking the removal of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the country's former president.
But seven years later, anger has risen over new austerity measures after a year of rising prices, with protesters again chanting the 2011 slogans of "Work, Freedom and Dignity".
The interior ministry says it has arrested more than 800 people suspected of taking part in violence, theft and looting since the start of the nocturnal protests. The governement has responded to anti-austerity protests - some of them violent - by announcing a multi-million euro action plan to help those most in need.
Incidents of vandalism dropped sharply on Thursday night, Chibani said.
In Tunis and other northern towns, clashes took place between protesters and police who fired teargas to disperse crowds.
He said the Tunisian media's coverage had been "fair" and "balanced".
Six years since the 2011 uprising that overthrew Ben Ali, Tunisia has been held up as a model for avoiding the violence that has affected other nations after their Arab Spring revolts.
But the authorities have failed to resolve the issues of poverty and unemployment.
There is something to celebrate in Tunisia - on the seventh anniversary of its revolution.
The fresh protests draw on anger over price and tax increases included in this year's budget that took effect on January 1.