A TOTAL of 2,642 people have benefitted from the Selangor State Poverty Eradication Blueprint Assistance Programme since 2016.
State socio-economic development, social welfare and workers empowerment committee chairman V. Ganabatirau told Rozana Zainal Abidin (PH-Permatang) that RM10.13mil had been spent on the programme during that period.
“The aim of the programme is to provide RM5,000 worth of equipment or machinery to help small business owners with a monthly income of below RM2,000 or household income below RM3,000.
“Another criterion is that they must have been operating their business consistently in legal premises within Selangor for at least a year,” he said during the state assembly sitting in Shah Alam.
He further said that applications would be submitted to the respective land office to be processed before being brought to the selection committee meeting.
“The district office also has the role of making procurement for the purchase of equipment or machinery,” he added.
Aid in the form of machines and tools will be presented to businesses such as those involved in food processing and handicrafts.To a supplementary question by Halimey Abu Bakar (PH-Seri Setia) who asked how often interviews were conducted to choose successful applicants, Ganabatirau said the selection was done at least four times a year.
“However, interviews for applications sent in 2019 would be done next year due to the limitations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are also working actively with the district offices to promote the programme to encourage more small business owners to take it up,” he added.
Meanwhile, state local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said the factory legalisation programme, which ended on Dec 31 last year, would not be extended.
“As mentioned by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in his budget announcement, the state was able to generate RM76mil in revenue through the factory legalisation programme,” he said in response to Leong Tuck Chee (PH-Pandamaran).
The programme, initiated in 2019, was aimed at legalising unlicensed factories in Selangor.
It focused on factories that were already operating in industrial areas but failed to obtain the necessary approvals and permits.
While the legalisation process had been ongoing prior to the scheme, applicants under this programme were able to enjoy several incentives and benefits.
These included a quicker approval process, discounts on land premiums for land conversions and relaxed regulations for their premises.
The programme was only applicable to those who had failed to convert the existing agricultural or residential land to industrial status or had not sought approval for building permits.