Commission VIII Set to Summon HIMBARA over Delays in Social Aid Disbursements

Friday, 27-August-2021 20:41

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

SOREANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - Deputy Chairman of Commission VIII at the Indonesian House of Representatives, TB Ace Hasan Syadzily, has regretted the mechanisms being used at banks. The legislator questioned the existence of thousands of beneficiaries who had not been able to disburse their funds.

Ace's statement was delivered in a meeting with Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini in the Sabilulungan Integrated Service and Referral System Building Hall, Soreang, Bandung Regency (08/27/2021).

Also present were PDIP faction Commission VIII member Ina Ammania, Golkar faction member John Kenedy, Golkar faction member Muh Ali Ridha, Gerindra faction member M Husni, Demokrat faction member Achmad, Nasdem faction member Sri Wulan, and Golkar faction member Itje Siti Dewi Kuraesin.

At this meeting, it was revealed that the aid that had not been distributed, including 2,537 Prosperous Family Cards (KKS) for Beneficiary Receivers (KPM) of the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH), 5,390 KKS for Non-Cash Social Assistance KPM (BPNT), and 1,400 KPM Cash Social Assistance (BST).

This data surprised the members of Commission VIII. According to them this figure is fantastic.

"This is a lot. Too many. For example, 5,390 for BPNT in one district, this if all districts/cities throughout Indonesia are counted, the number will be very large," said Ace in a meeting with representatives of BNI, PT Pos, and a number of assistants.

The member of the Golkar faction said that during this meeting there was a clarification on why the cards were not distributed and the KPMs could not disburse aid.

"Where is the real problem? At the bank, at the assistants, or at the Ministry of Social Affairs? It turns out that one of them is in the banks," he said.

On that basis, Ace stressed that Commission VIII would summon the Association of State-Owned Banks (Himbara). He questioned how thousands of aid recipients have not received assistance.

Commission VIII appreciates the steps taken by the Minister of Social Affairs who directly handled problems in the field.

"This is a form of the Minister's proactive attitude towards existing problems, and this is part of the budget transparency process," he said.

To Himbara, Ace emphasized that this opportunity was a momentum to ensure transparency in the management of social assistance. At the meeting, it was revealed that the delay in disbursing funds was due to, among other things, suspended accounts, cards that had not been distributed, data errors, and undistributed passbooks.

On this occasion, Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, instructed related parties to use this as a momentum to improve various procedures. He asked for coordination between elements in the regions, namely the Head of Service, the head of the village/lurah, and neighborhoods and hamlets, to be improved.

"Heads of Social Services offices must properly oversee the process of updating data, as there is information that if the village head doesn't like someone, it won't be shared. Or someone suddenly moves and doesn't tell them. Now this must be monitored," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs targets that on Monday and Tuesday next week, the rights of the beneficiaries will be fulfilled. To that end, she instructed a meeting to be held between the ranks of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Bandung Regency Social Service Office, PT Pos, and their companions.

Ministry of Social Affairs and House of Representatives Deliver Aid

On the same occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs and members of Commission VIII delivered assistance. Assistance from 13 Technical Service Units of the Directorate General of Social Rehabilitation is Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) assistance for children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, victims of drug abuse (KP) and social tuna in Bandung and West Bandung Regencies.

The types of assistance consisted of various types, including batik equipment, laptops, wheelchairs, basic necessities, sewing machines and overlays, batik equipment, three-wheeled motorcycles, nutritional assistance, school supplies, entrepreneurship assistance to 825 beneficiaries with a total value of IDR971,557,750.

From the Directorate General of Social Empowerment, vitamins and 1,274 masks were distributed, which were distributed by youth organizations. On this occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs also witnessed the production of the Social Entrepreneurship Program (ProKUS).

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