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Deputy Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk R. Ramanan (second row, centre) with recipients of the Prosperity Empowerment and A New Normal for Indian Women (PENN) programme at Menara AIM in Kuala Lumpur, on April 13, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

State govt to assist in implementing PENN programme — Exco

SHAH ALAM, April 16 — The Selangor Poverty Eradication Committee will meet with the State Entrepreneurship Committee to discuss how to implement the Prosperity Empowerment and A New Normal for Indian Women (PENN) programme in Selangor.

State executive councillor for human resources and poverty eradication V. Papparaidu welcomed the latest Unity Government initiative to allocate a RM50 million special fund to Indian women entrepreneurs via PENN and is ready to share information to ensure its success.

State executive councillor for human resources V. Papparaidu speaks to the press after the appreciation ceremony for Selangor’s Indian community leaders at the Wyndham Achmar Hotel in Klang, on November 30, 2023. — — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

He will soon meet with the state executive councillor for youth, sports, and entrepreneurship Mohd Najwan Halimi to share information and ensure the programme benefits the targeted entrepreneurs and women in need from the community.

“We will discuss and figure out how to facilitate the programme implementation for the targeted groups.

“If assistance and information are needed from the state government, we will work with the related ministry or agency to achieve the objectives of the programme within the community,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Papparaidu added that the steps taken by the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry (Kuskop) would inspire Indian entrepreneurs and improve the community’s livelihoods through business.

The Banting state assemblyman also hopes the funds will be distributed effectively to achieve PENN’s goals of empowering Indian women entrepreneurs.

On Saturday (April 13), Kuskop Deputy Minister Datuk Ramanan Ramakrishnan said Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) has allocated RM50 million to empower Indian women entrepreneurs via the programme.

He said the allocation utilises AIM’s internal funds and will benefit over 7,100 new Sahabat Usahawan India, increasing the total beneficiaries of the AIM Loan Scheme to 10,200, including 3,100 existing individuals.

— Bernama

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