For a caring society: Ministries reveal plans for Singapore

For a caring society: Ministries reveal plans for Singapore

SINGAPORE - Nine ministries have unveiled their latest plans for Singapore in public statements, also known as Addenda to the President's Address, yesterday.

These initiatives come under the banner of a "caring society" and lists measures aimed at providing help for workers, the elderly and the needy.

The measures are in response to President Tony Tan Keng Yam's opening address at the second session of the 12th Parliament on Friday.

In a break from tradition, the statements were not released by individual ministries.

Like those released on Monday, all the policies and plans were grouped under different themes.

More policies and plans will be announced this week.

Parliament will sit next week for MPs to review and debate the Government's proposed programmes.

For workers, the Ministry of Manpower will

Provide more "support for training, job upgrading and career progression for low-income and vulnerable Singaporeans" through the Workfare Training Support Scheme;

Enhance efforts towards raising pay and create more opportunities for career advancement through the Progressive Wage Model, which involves wage ladders to boost workers' pay through training;

Enforce and protect low-wage workers' basic employment rights, CPF contributions and well-being;

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