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IPOH: The management of various poverty eradication programmes by the Perak state government is good with the overall expenditure performance exceeding 100 per cent of the allocation, which benefitted 152,194 recipients.

According to the 2nd Series of Auditor-General Report 2013, the good performance, included programme expenditure aspect as well as the implementation of housing aid programme, monthly food aid programme and Takaful Tabarru’ protection programme.

The state government allocated RM51 million between 2011-2013 for the various programmes and a total of RM42 million was channelled directly to the account of Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBU) for the housing aid programme, micro credit aid, hardcore poor festive aid and food aid.

The remaining aid was channelled for the Takaful Tabbarru’ and Indian community educational fund under the supervision of state economic planning unit (UPEN).

However the audit detected several weaknesses, in terms of house construction quality, involving unsatisfactory building materials while only 14 per cent out of the 100 respondents from the target group were aware of the Takaful Tabarru’ programme.

“Some 35 percent failed to continue their business even though the loan was obtained from the micro credit scheme aid and 65 per cent of the participants did not repay their loans as scheduled,” said the report.

The report recommended that YBU constantly monitor the housing aid project and micro credit so that the impact of the programme could be enhanced and the objective to help the poor is achieved.

“UPEN must reassess the methods used in disseminating information on the Takaful Tabarru’ protection scheme so that it reaches the people in tandem with Perak Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir)’s slogan ‘No One Is Marginalised, No one Is Left Out’,” added the report.

– BERNAMA

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