13 May 2020
WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2020, 6PM
SINDA to Provide Additional $1.8 Million
Community Support Package
Wide-ranging package will support at least 3,000 Indian families and students financially affected by COVID-19
- 13 May 2020 – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and SINDA President, Ms Indranee Rajah, announced today the SINDA Community Support Package, a $1.8 million financial assistance package for the Indian community. This wide-ranging Package will provide 3,000 Singaporean Indian households financially affected by Covid-19, with cash for their essential needs.
- This Package will support different segments of the community according to the level of need and household circumstances. The Package has 5 key components: (a) three new schemes – the Resilience Scheme, Care Scheme and the SINDA Community Assistance Fund and (b) two enhanced programmes – Increased Student Bursaries and Interim Financial Assistance.
- Eligible families for this Package will fall within a household Per Capita Income1 (PCI) of $1,000, and are those that have been the most vulnerable in this current climate. Families above this PCI bracket but who need support can apply and will be considered upon assessment.
- In announcing this Package, Minister Indranee Rajah said: “In the recent budgets, the Government doubled the funds given to self-help groups. We wanted to ensure these funds were channelled to those in need, especially the ones affected by Covid-19. The SINDA Community Support Package will complement the broad-based support provided to Singaporeans by the Government. The schemes in the Package are designed to ease immediate financial hardship and meet specific needs on the ground. We want to reassure vulnerable families and individuals that they can have peace of mind, with the knowledge that the community is here for them.”
- The Care Scheme and increased student bursaries will begin in May 2020, while all other schemes will be available from June onwards. These schemes will be available to the community till the year end.
- In rolling out this Package, SINDA CEO, Mr Anbarasu Rajendran emphasised the importance of collective community efforts: “There is special emphasis in this Package to assist not only SINDA beneficiaries, but also the wider community. Working closely with our community partners will allow us to identify more families and ensure everyone’s benefit.”
- This collective spirit was also echoed by Mr Naseer Ghani, Advisor to the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML): “We must work together to ensure that our families are able to overcome this challenging period. This Package provides us with more resources to tap on, in helping our members and ensuring that no family in our community is left behind.”
- The increased student bursary will be available to both current recipients and new applicants. Among the 1,000 students who stand to benefit from this top-up is 17-year-old Lakshana Rajendran, a second-year ITE student receiving the post-secondary bursary. With a reduced household income in recent months due to the current climate, Lakshana looks to the increased student bursary for much-needed support: “I’m happy to know that I will receive a higher bursary. The extra money will help with my school expenses and lessen my parents’ financial worries.”
- This Package supplements the $2 million initially earmarked by SINDA for financial assistance to the community in 2020, effectively doubling the fund. SINDA will also channel more resources into this Package should the situation evolve and the community’s needs increase.
- Further information on the SINDA Community Assistance Package and application details will be available to the community on the SINDA website.
1 SINDA PCI: Nett monthly household income divided by number of members living in the household
The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in August 1991 to address educational and socio-economic issues facing the Indian community in Singapore.
SINDA actively strives to build a well-educated and confident community of Indians that stands together with the other communities in contributing to the progress of multi-racial Singapore. In the course of fulfilling its objectives, SINDA works closely with many volunteers, schools and grassroots organisations. In the process, SINDA has steadily evolved into a credible organisation that serves as a pillar of the Singapore Indian community.
Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only effectively serves to uplift the educational performance of Indian students, but also promotes family harmony and uplifts the social status of ethnic Indians.
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, is Chairman of SINDA’s Board of Trustees. Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education is President of SINDA’s Executive Committee.
For more information on SINDA, please visit www.sinda.org.sg.
For more information, contact:
Priyaa Vasudevan (Ms)
Senior Executive, Corporate & Marketing Communications Division, SINDA
DID: 6393 7228
Nathiyaah Sakthimogan (Ms)
Executive, Corporate & Marketing Communications Division, SINDA
DID: 6393 7231