Launching of Cash Assistance in 2021, the President Conveys Two Important Messages

Launching of Cash Assistance in 2021, the President Conveys Two Important Messages

JAKARTA (4 January 2021) - President Joko Widodo officially launched 3 cash assistance in the context of dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021. The President stated that the government would continue the cash assistance program to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage economic movement.

For this purpose, in the 2021 State Budget (APBN), the government has allocated Rp110 trillion. The cash assistance that was continued, included the Family Hope Program (PKH), the Basic food/ Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) program, and Cash Social Assistance (BST).

The President stated that the distribution of cash assistance is running as of today, for Beneficiary Families (KPM) in 34 provinces, from Sabang to Merauke, from Miangas to Rote Island. In his remarks, the President emphasized that cash assistance should be used for urgent needs as a result of the pandemic.

"If the (allocation) is to buy basic food, then do it. Don't buy cigarettes. Use it to buy basic necessities so that it will ease the burden during the pandemic,” said the President at the State Palace, during the launching of cash assistance throughout Indonesia in 2021 (04/01). The event was also attended by governors in 34 provinces via teleconference.

Second, the President advised that cash assistance can reach the KPM immediately and completely, without reduction. "I reminded again, to KPM and its neighbours who today did not come to the palace, that the aid was received in full, there were no reduction. Because this is transferred through the account of each recipient. Either through state own bank association (HIMBARA) or to the Post Office,” said the President.

Therefore, on that occasion, the President instructed the relevant ministers and governors, to supervise and ensure that the distribution of assistance runs on time, right on target, and no reduction.

Thus, it is hoped that cash assistance can help ease the burden on the people in the midst of a pandemic, and can also move the wheels of the economy as expected. "So that the economic impact can appear immediately and can increase economic growth," said the President.

On the same occasion, Risma reported to the President regarding the Ministry of Social Affairs budget, targets and respective allocations of cash assistance. Where for PKH cash assistance reaches 10 million KPM with a total budget of IDR 28.71 trillion.

PKH is distributed every 3 months, in 4 stages (January, April, July and October 2021) through HIMBARA (BNI, BRI, Mandiri and BTN). "In January, PKH will be distributed with a budget of Rp. 7.17 trillion," said Risma.

For the Basic Food Program / BPNT, the target recipient is 18.8 million KPM with a budget of Rp.45.12 trillion, which is channelled through HIMBARA and appointed agents from January - December 2021 with an index of Rp.200,000 / month / KPM. The total budget distributed in January was IDR 3.76 trillion.

Then Cash Social Assistance is distributed through PT Pos for 4 months (January-April 2021) with an index of IDR 300,000 / month / KPM. The target recipient for Cash Social Assistance is 10 million KPM with a budget of IDR 12 trillion. In January, Cash Social Assistance will disburse a budget of IDR 3 trillion.

"So that the total budget distributed in January is Rp. 13.93 trillion," said Risma. Himbara launched the PKH and the Basic Food Program, which on this occasion was symbolically handed over by the President at the State Palace.

"For recipients who are sick, elderly, and people with severe disabilities, the banks will deliver them directly to their respective residences," said Risma. Likewise for Cash Social Assistance, the delivery of assistance will be carried out by PT Pos Indonesia, and will also deliver to their residences.

Underlining the President's message, Risma advised PKH recipients to be wise and appropriate in using assistance, such as for improving family health, improving children's education, and reducing family burdens, basic needs for business capital and partly for savings.

"The basic food program that is delivered in the form of BPNT should be spent at local e-stalls, for carbohydrates, animal protein, vegetable protein, sources of vitamins and minerals," she said.

Cash assistance is given to non PKH recipients and basic food cards, so that they can use the purchase of basic necessities / foodstuffs, such as rice / corn, side dishes, vegetables, fruits, and other useful necessities in dealing with COVID-19.

Public Relations Bureau
Ministry of Social Affairs

Writer :
Koesworo Setiawan
Translator :
Putri D

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