Wanita MIC to speed up aid through new NGO

  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Mar 2003

PETALING JAYA: Wanita MIC is setting up a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to procure funds and grants to help needy Indian women. 

Selangor Wanita chief Komala Krishna Moorthy said the women’s wing was in need of another way to find funds for development work to benefit single mothers and the grassroots. 

Komala said it was easier for NGOs than political parties to get funds for the purpose. 

“As a political party, we have to go through far too many procedures when applying for funds, and the delay means we can only help a limited number of single mothers and women,” she said after the wing’s 18th annual convention. 

Komala said some of the women in need of aid were those with physical disabilities and the wing was intent on helping them work from home. 

Selangor MIC chairman Datuk G. Palanivel, who is deputy rural development minister, said his ministry would offer soft loans and training to more Indian women to enable them to set up businesses. 

“So far, we have helped only 525 Indian women.”  

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