SIK – The Kedah government’s effort to implement various programmes to uplift the people’s living standard has made a positive impact when the state recorded a poverty rate of 2.23 per cent as of mid-May.
Without disclosing the previous comparative percentage, state Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah said 22,260 people statewide were now out of the poverty line.
“I can say that this percentage is low and this is the result of the efforts of the federal government jointly with the state government and ICU (Coordination and Implementation Unit) to look into the poverty problem in identifying the needy group to be given assistance,” said Mohd Tajuddin, who is also Belantik assemblyman.
He said this after visiting two houses in the Belantik state constituency in conjunction with the Kembara Seindah Syawal programme implemented by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) near here today. Also present was NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq.
Mohd Tajudin said the focus group meeting chaired by the district officer was also being held monthly to discuss the issue of poverty among the people in efforts to identify the target group to be assisted by the state government.
He said so far this year 40,218 recipients in Kedah received aid through various assistance programmes implemented jointly by the federal government and state government involving an allocation of RM22.568 million.
“These programmes comprised the house aid programme, income generating programme, federal and state aid (Welfare Department), Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) Sejahtera and cattle dividend” he added.
During the visit, Mohd Tajudin and Redza handed over aid in the form of essential food items which were donated by NCIA. – BERNAMA