Despite some $20 billion spent by successive governments over the past few years, the poverty level remains the same.
This is according to Local Government and Rural Development Minister Franklin Khan.
This was one of the issues he put forward as the Government consults on its proposed Local Government Reform that would see the disbanding of the Ministry of Local Government and transferring its responsibilities to the various regional corporations.
He made the comments at the Penal Secondary School on Wednesday night.
Khan said the distribution of social grants was plagued by corruption with holders of academic degrees receiving food cards as part of the Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme. He said that was contained in a report currently before Cabinet.
He stated that the system of administration was poor and flawed so which left a fertile situation for corruption, leakage and families who were well connected, double dipping, triple dipping and quadruple dipping.
He claimed that there were people who were working with degrees and Masters, who were the recipients of a number of food cards.