Budget 2021: Rural Development Ministry welcomes increased allocation of RM10.19bil

A file photo of a village road near the plantation at Jalan Kebun in Shah Alam.

KUALA LUMPUR: Rural Development Ministry welcomes RM10.19bil allocation for rural development, says its minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

Latiff thanked the Prime Minister and Finance Minister for the allocation on Friday (Nov 6) after Budget 2021 was tabled in Parliament.

"The sum includes RM3.533bil for management and RM6.757bil for development," he said, adding that this was a 4.42%, or RM431mil, increase from the Budget 2020 allocation.

He said the allocation could be considered big, especially in light of the current economic situation, which was still impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This allocation also supports socio-economic development as well as creating a properous rural living environment that was outlined in the 2030 Rural Development Policy," he said.

Latiff also said under the development allocation, RM2.32bil was for basic infrastructure development in rural areas such as electricity, water and roadways, especially for Sabah and Sarawak.

"In a bid to spur economic activities in rural areas, RM90.6mil has been allocated for economic activities and entreprenuership programmes," he said, adding that to uplift the socio-economic status of the poor, hardcore poor, and B40 group in rural areas, RM375mil was allocated under the Skim Pembangunan Kesejahteraan Rakyat involving a 33.9% increase compared to last year.

He said programmes that would be carried out included the Program Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT), Program Latihan Kemahiran dan Kerjaya (PLKK) and Program Peningkatan Pendapatan (PPP).

Latiff added that the Ministry also welcomed the allocation of RM410.8mil for the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) and RM482.1mil for Felcra.

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