KUALA LUMPUR, May 19: The government is undertaking a restructure of the Special Unit for Socio Economic Development of the Indian Community (SEDIC), the implementation entity for the Malaysian Indian Blueprint, said the Prime Minister’s Office.
A statement issued by the office today said the process involved a change in the scope of work and an increase in the size of the 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 Tun 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 director-general, who would be assisted by a deputy director-general.
The Prime Minister´s Office announced that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed to the appointment of Prof 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 for it 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.