Commission VIII Fully Supports Social Affairs Minister's Social Aid Programs for the Poor and Vulnerable

Friday, 24-September-2021 10:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right)
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representatives ensures that it fully supports the policies of Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini on Social Assistance (Bansos) programs that directly touch the needs of the poor and vulnerable. One of the priority support for this people's representative is Social Minister Tri Rismaharini's initiative to provide assistance for orphans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"What's interesting this time is that we have agreed with the Ministry of Social Affairs to provide assistance to orphans. These orphans are distributed social aid per child, per head, with those who are already in school are given IDR200,000 per month, while those who are not yet in school are given IDR300,000, I think this is the latest," said Member of Commission VIII Bukhori.

The statement was made during the distribution of ATENSI assistance with the Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, at the Sasana Krida Bahurekso Sports Center, Kendal, Central Java, on Thursday (09/23/2021).

Furthermore, the PKS party politician revealed that for Kendal Regency alone, about 70 children have been distributed from the quota of 700 children. Bukhori also said that in 2022, the assistance will not only be for orphans affected by COVID-19, but for orphans throughout Indonesia who are not affected by the pandemic.

"The next quota is not only due to COVID-19, in 2022 all orphans in Indonesia we hope to get assistance, we give the budget a quota of approximately 5 million orphans," said Bukhori.

The Ministry of Social Affairs previously proposed a budget of IDR11.64 trillion for 3,453,128 school-aged orphans and 963,855 orphans not yet in school. Although fully supported by Commission VIII, the proposed budget has not yet been included in the 2022 Draft State Revenue and Expenditure Budget (RAPBN).

Therefore, Bukhori emphasized that Commission VIII will oversee it until the proposal is approved by the Ministry of Finance.

"The Housw previously proposed, and then the minister agreed, so we will not only support but escort until the Ministry of Finance approves (the budget proposal)," Bukhori said.

In line with this, Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, also hopes that the proposed budget for 2022 which is intended not only for orphans due to Covid-19, but also for orphans not due to Covid-19 as recorded in the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS), can be approved by Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani.

"Informally, Mrs. Sri Mulyani agreed, but the budget must be reviewed first," said Risma.

For information, as of September 23, 2021, data for social assistance for orphans has been reported as many as 38,000 children. Then, which has been validated as many as 28,000 children and 10,000 children are being re-collected.

Then, the data that has been opened as many as 4,500 children. However, 2,000 children have already been given social assistance.

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