Sedic to be re­struc­tured to change scope, size of man­power

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KUALA LUMPUR: The gov­ern­ment is re­struc­tur­ing the Spe­cial Unit for So­cio-Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of the In­dian Com­mu­nity (Sedic), the im­ple­men­ta­tion en­tity for the Malaysian In­dian Blue­print, says the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

A state­ment is­sued by the of­fice yes­ter­day said the process in­volved a change in the scope of work and an in­crease in the size of man­power, in­cor­po­rat­ing 58 full-time po­si­tions.

“The roles and func­tions of ex­ist­ing units, namely the Spe­cial Im­ple­men­ta­tion Task Force (SITF), Sec­re­tar­iat of Em­pow­er­ment of In­dian En­trepreneurs (SEED) and Ac­tion Plan for the Fu­ture of Tamil Schools in Malaysia (PTST), will be ab­sorbed into the new im­ple­men­ta­tion en­tity,” it added.

On April 23, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak launched the Malaysian In­dian Blue­print that had been drawn up to as­sist the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the

B40 group (house­holds in the bot­tom 40 per cent in­come cat­e­gory).

The state­ment said the im­ple­men­ta­tion agency would be led by a di­rec­tor­gen­eral, who would be as­sisted by a deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice an­nounced that Na­jib had agreed to the ap­point­ment of Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr N.S. Ra­jen­dran as the di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Sedic, with ef­fect from May 22.

The state­ment said six units had been set up un­der Sedic to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tar­gets of the blue­print, namely Ed­u­ca­tion & Youth De­vel­op­ment; Eco­nomic & In­come Up­lift­ment; Wel­fare & So­cial De­vel­op­ment; Iden­tity & In­clu­sion; Re­search & Best Prac­tices; and Spe­cial Projects.

It also said that the role of SITF would be stream­lined to func­tion as a touch point be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the In­dian com­mu­nity through the set­ting up of 10 SITF ser­vice cen­tres in ar­eas with a high den­sity of In­di­ans.

Na­jib had pre­vi­ously an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Health Min­is­ter and MIC pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam as the chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the spe­cial Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on the In­dian Com­mu­nity that mon­i­tors Sedic.

The com­mit­tee will meet once a month to re­solve the chal­lenges and is­sues of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved that had been iden­ti­fied by Sedic.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice also said that Na­jib would con­tinue to chair the spe­cial Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee to iden­tify and mon­i­tor the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the In­dian com­mu­nity in gov­ern­ment pro­grammes and projects that would meet at least four times in a year to mon­i­tor the progress of im­ple­men­ta­tion and chal­lenges faced in im­ple­ment­ing the Malaysian In­dian Blue­print.

It said Na­jib had also agreed to ap­point Trea­sury sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ir­wan Seri­gar Ab­dul­lah as the chair­man of the Sedic con­sul­ta­tive and ad­vi­sory board, that would stream­line the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the rel­e­vant quar­ters in the In­dian com­mu­nity with re­gard to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the blue­print.

“These ap­point­ments will drive the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment and no­ble ef­forts in de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive ser­vices to the In­dian com­mu­nity,” it said. Ber­nama

Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam

Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr N.S. Ra­jen­dran

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