26 Mar '11, 6am

SINDA increases help for low-income families: Finance Minister and Chairman of SINDA Board of Trustees, Tharman

SINDA increases help for low-income families: Finance Minister and Chairman of SINDA Board of Trustees, Tharman

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is providing more help for the lower-income in the Indian community who use its services. Finance Minister and Chairman of SINDA Board of Trustees, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, said the self-help group has put together a package amounting to an additional S$500,000 from now until the end of the year. These cover bursary payments amounting to S$220,000, fee subsidies for STEP & Teach totalling S$210,000 and family assistance amounting to S$70,000. Speaking at the opening of the SINDA Services Centre at Jurong Point on Saturday, Mr Tharman explained that SINDA wants to encourage parents to take advantage of its programmes to help their children, without worrying about the costs. It will top up the value of its bursaries for 10 months, until the end of the year. The monthly bursary for students in primary schools will...

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