TO HELP URBAN POOR
Govt mulling moves to check price increases, implement food aid plan, provide affordable homes, says DPM
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.”