TO HELP UR­BAN POOR

Govt mulling moves to check price in­creases, im­ple­ment food aid plan, pro­vide af­ford­able homes, says DPM

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ap­proaches to for­mu­late spe­cific strate­gies in ad­dress­ing ur­ban poverty,” he said in a state­ment af­ter chair­ing the HLC meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Zahid said one of the strate­gies was to op­ti­mise pro­duc­tion to en­sure ad­e­quate sup­ply, which would check the is­sue of price in­crease.

“A joint com­mit­tee will be formed to study the pro­duc­tion cost and costs in­volved through­out the sup­ply chain to pre­vent price ma­nip­u­la­tion by mid­dle men.”

He also said the govern­ment would study a pro­posal to im­ple­ment a food aid pro­gramme for the ur­ban poor via the Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy with the in­volve­ment of hy­per­mar­ket op­er­a­tors to pro­vide frozen food to the ur­ban poor.

“If this pro­gramme suc­ceeds, sim­i­lar ap­proaches may be ex­tended to pub­lic and pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes, es­pe­cially in big cities,” he added.

Zahid said a one-stop cen­tre, aimed to be a ref­er­ence cen­tre for var­i­ous agen­cies, will help the ur­ban poor in ar­eas where they resided.

“We will also carry out data col­lec­tion on the need for hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties based on home own­er­ships and rentals.

“The data will help the govern­ment iden­tify suit­able hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties and house pric­ing trends based on spe­cific lo­ca­tions.”

He said the govern­ment would also con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of giv­ing in­cen­tives to de­vel­op­ers to build af­ford­able homes us­ing new tech­nol­ogy, such as the In­dus­tri­alised Build­ing Sys­tem, to re­duce con­struc­tion costs.

He said al­though the au­thor­i­ties had im­ple­mented var­i­ous pro­grammes to help the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the un­der­priv­i­leged groups, th­ese pro­grammes should be pub­li­cised through var­i­ous chan­nels, in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia.

“This ap­proach will be im­ple­mented through the cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tion unit of ev­ery min­istry to ex­plain to the peo­ple the ef­forts and ini­tia­tives by the govern­ment.”

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