Tag Archives: CDAC

MANY NEW SCHEMES TO HELP STUDENTS, GOVT NOT DOING ENOUGH?

The Youth Empowerment and Aspiration Programme provides eligible students a grant of $720 per academic year, while also offering programmes and activities to help them develop work and life skills. Eligible students must be Chinese Singaporean, or a permanent resident or have a parent who is one. They must also be studying full-time and aged between 17 and 25 years, and their family’s gross monthly household income must not exceed $1,900 or a per capita income of $650.” This is yet another new scheme to help the needy. What does this arguably indicate? That the present schemes are inadequate or that the Government is not doing enough to help the needy?

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FUNDING BOOST THROUGH GOVT GRANTS

Currently, the Government matches the donations raised by the groups, subject to an annual cap. Last year, the cap was raised for the matching grant for Yayasan Mendaki, the Association of Muslim Professionals and Malay Muslim organisations from $4 million to $5 million from this financial year onwards. The Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) now receives up to $1.7 million a year, while the Eurasian Association gets not more than $200,000 annually.

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CHINESE HOUSEHOLDS INCOME BELOW $1,900 CAN NOW SEEK HELP FROM CDAC

Announcing the changes yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who is also CDAC chairman, said this will ensure that the council stays relevant to help its target groups. "This will also allow more individuals and families who are going through temporary hardship to be assisted," he added. Needy households that earn a monthly household income of $1,900 and below can now benefit. The cut-off was $1,500 previously.

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