The Welfare, Women and Family Development ministry has set aside RM111.4 million for distribution to 7,500 poor households in Sarawak before year end under the 1AZAM programme.

Its minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said from January to the present, 2,314 of the household heads or 30.87 percent of the target had received the assistance.

“We still have a few months to achieve the target and the assistance will be channeled in stages,” she told a media conference after chairing a poverty eradication meeting here Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Fatimah said the implementing agencies in the 1Azam programme had been increased to 28 from 16.

She said the measure was to ensure that payment of the assistance would be expedited.