THE state government has allocated an additional RM2mil for the state’s welfare aid fund for next year.
State executive councillor Datuk Rusnah Kassim (BN- Behrang) said with the additional amount, the fund now totalled RM24.8mil.
With the increase, she hoped that more needy people would benefit.
“There is a 45% increase in the allocation, from RM17.1mil in 2010 to RM24.8mil next year.
“The additional allocation was made after taking into consideration the increase in cost of living, which has effected the needy, especially the senior citizens and the disabled,” she said in a written reply to Maslin Sham Razman’s (BN- Bukit Chandan) question at the state assembly sitting here yesterday.
Maslin had asked if the state government had plans to increase the welfare aid for the needy, as the current amount provided was not sufficient due to the rising cost of living.
Rusnah said besides providing monetary aid, the state government also provided other services such as the 1Malaysia Clinics, water subsidy to the poor and other value-added schemes.
She said the welfare aid was divided into two groups, one for those in the unproductive category who were old, ill and the disabled who were unable to work, and the other for the productive group that received temporary aid before they could stand on their own two feet.
“For the unproductive group, besides providing them with monthly aid, the government also helps them with equipment such as wheel-chair, prosthetic aid and eye lenses.
“Besides that, we also have a voluntary home help service where volunteers go to homes of those who are old and disabled and need to visit hospitals or clinics to receive treatment.
“As for the productive group, we help them launch small businesses and provide equipment under the 1Azam scheme,” she added.
Maslin also asked if there was any impact study carried out to see if the value-added aid provided was effective.
She said from the 485 people who had participated in the value- added scheme since 2012, 111 have successfully been removed from the list for the monthly aid.