Realising Progressive Society

The Council approved the allocation for the Ministry of Health amounting to $375,998,890 to be made as part of the Supply Bill 2021/2022 Schedule.

The morning session also heard the proposed budget allocation for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin outlined that the Ministry will continue the implementation of its initiative based on three approaches namely Empowerment, Enablement and Involvement. Yang Berhormat the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports explained the three approaches are the foundation towards realising the ministry's 5 long-term objectives which are Progressive Society, Future Ready Youth, Glorious Sports Nation, Dynamic Culture and Strengthening Heritage as well as Inclusive and Productive Working Environment. The Minister then elaborated on three main initiatives towards realising the goal of Progressive Society.

Firstly, strengthening social security and protection of the needy through Poverty Eradication Plan Programme. The Poverty Eradication Action Plan, National Council on Social Issues approved in July 2020 consolidates all whole of nation poverty eradication initiatives with the goal of breaking the poverty cycle. Secondly, Ensuring There is No Oversight of Groups Eligible to Aid: The National Welfare Scheme, SKN which was launched on the 15th of July 2020 has increased access to online applications. A data base that enables real situation detailed analysis on the poverty gap and ensuring aid is given to the really eligible. Thirdly, giving priority to the inclusive and sustainable empowerment of society. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports continues to ensure all target groups are given attention and empowered through skills training and empowerment. Among the implemented initiatives is the Action Plan for People with Different Abilities that focusses on development, well-being, welfare and friendly support system.

Source: Radio Television Brunei