KUANTAN: Pahang government has announced an additional nine initiatives to assist those affected by the movement control order (MCO).
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (pic) said 1,500 bags of rice would be given out to local leaders in each of the 14 parliamentary constituencies in the state.
"Some 21,000 recipients will benefit, at a cost of RM304,500.
"In addition, a RM100 cash aid, plus essential items worth RM50, will be distributed to 426 people under the Taman Negara nature tour guide, ordinary tour guide and tourist boat operator categories.
"The total allocation for these tourism-related groups is RM63,900," he said.
Another batch of essential items worth RM50 would be handed out to 3,500 heads of household under the Ziarah Prihatin programme.
Those involved were quarantined in their own homes in the patient under surveillance category.
The same cash aid and items would also be given to 70 Felda Settlement Development and Security Committees involving 3,500 recipients, as well as 62 New Village Development and Security Committees, benefitting 3,100 recipients.
As for the 650 Pahang students, who had to stay in campus dormitories in compliance with the MCO, a RM150 cash aid would be disbursed to them.
Wan Rosdy said in areas where movement has been further restricted and difficult to get food supplies, a RM200 worth of essential items would be given to 2,200 heads of household.
He said management assistance up to RM5,000 would also be given to 11 district disaster operations centres to manage the supply and distribution of the items to heads of household.
E-hailing micro-entrepreneurs in Kuantan, who had been badly hit by the MCO, will receive RM30,000 in aid.
"The total costs of the nine initiatives came up to RM2.156mil, involving 34,376 recipients.
"With the latest initiatives, combined with the 13 initiatives in the first and second phase, the total allocated amounted to RM21.404mil and benefiting 136,074 recipients," he said.
Wan Rosdy said he hoped that with the 22 initiatives, it would help the people, regardless of race, age or occupation, affected by the MCO.
He also announced a RM500 advance payment to 1,027 imams as part of the RM1,000 one-off special payment tabled in the 2020 state budget.
"The state Islamic Religious Department is in the midst conducting checks and payment would be carried out in stages beginning April 9.
"I would like to call on the people to abide by all MCO directives. Together, we can stop the spread of the Covid-19 disease," he said.
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