Indonesia: Min urges rich to marry poor to 'alleviate' poverty

Indonesia: Min urges rich to marry poor to 'alleviate' poverty

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Jakarta, Feb 21 : An Indonesian Minister has come up with an innovative solution to the country's poverty, suggesting that the rich people of the country should take the initiative to marry the poor, so as to reduce the nation's poverty rate.

According to Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy, if the poor people were to marry among themselves, this would create more poor households, thus aggravating poverty. The Minister further suggested on Wednesday a pre-marital certification programme for the couples, who were not economically well-off, but wished to get married, by signing up an employment programme, which was launched by President Joko Widodo.

The programme provides vocational training to the participants, so that they can find employment, The Jakarta Post qouted Mr Effendy as saying.

According to The Jakarta Post, the World Bank reported recently that 45 per cent of Indonesia's population, or about 115 million Indonesians, were yet to achieve economic security and the lifestyle of the middle class. One of the largest Muslim organisations of the country, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), reportedly welcomed Mr Effendy's proposal. It's Secretary-General Anwar Abbas described the proposal as epitomising the spirit of helping each other. (UNI)