House of Representatives Approves Proposed Budget of IDR78.25 Trillion for Ministry of Social Affairs

Monday, 20-September-2021 17:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Commission VIII of the House of Representatives has approved the proposed budget for the Ministry of Social Affairs for the 2022 fiscal year that reaches IDR78,256,327,121,000. The House conveyed its support for the programs and policies of Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini who consistently side with the interests of underprivileged communities.

"The House of Representatives Commission VIII approves the proposed budget for the Ministry of Social Affairs for Fiscal Year 2022, amounting to IDR78,256,327,121,000. We encourage the Ministry to accelerate the realization of the budget, especially for orphans," said Chairperson of Commission VIII Yandri Susanto while chairing a working meeting of Commission VIII at the DPR Building, on Monday (09/20/2021).

The meeting was attended by Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, and Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Ganip Warsito.

In the introduction to the meeting, Yandri said that in addition to national priority programs, the ministers were asked to be able to provide new breakthrough programs so that the state bureaucracy has the power and continuity to develop various aspects of life.

“Ministers and institutional leaders have a strategic role. The budget must touch the needs of the public down to the bottom, in the form of aspects of health, education, and meeting basic needs," said Yandri.

On the occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs expressed gratitude and appreciation for the support and encouragement of the House through Commission VIII.

"We thank you for the support of Commission VIII for the work of the Ministry of Social Affairs which carries out a difficult task. In the midst of a pandemic, the Ministry of Social Affairs must ensure that people affected by the pandemic feel the presence of the state, especially through social assistance programs," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

The Minister of Social Affairs explained that of the FY 2022 budget of IDR 78.25 trillion, 0.66% is allocated for personnel expenditures, 0.36% for operational goods expenditures, 4.18% for non-operational goods expenditures (accompaniment honors; operational assistance for LKS, SLRT; ATENSI program), and 0.13% for Capital Expenditure.

"Then from that budget, we also budgeted IDR74.08 trillion (94.67%) for Social Assistance Expenditures. Social assistance expenditures here include assistance for the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH), Basic Food Cards, Remote Indigenous Community Empowerment Assistance (KAT), disaster survivors assistance, RTLH Social Rehabilitation, accessibility aids, and so on," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

In general, the Ministry of Social Affairs allocates a budget for the Social Security Program of IDR77.15 trillion, and the Management Support Program of IDR1.09 trillion. The budget for National Priority is allocated at IDR76.96 trillion, and for Non-National Priority programs at IDR1.29 trillion.

Meanwhile, a number of House members appreciated and supported the steps of the Ministry of Social Affairs, as they considered that the policies taken directly touch the needs and interests of the people affected by Covid-19, particularly related to social assistance for the poor and vulnerable.

Member of the National Mandate Party Muhammad Rizal supports all priority programs that have been explained by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

"Hopefully it will go well in 2022. I ask the Minister of Social Affairs to pay special attention to PKH assistants," he said.

Muhammad Rizal suggested that the Ministry of Social Affairs increase support for assistants so that performance in accelerating poverty alleviation is higher.

"Maybe there needs to be a refresh (policy). For example, with additional incentives, moreover they have to walk to various areas that need funds,” he said.

Member of the Democratic Party, Achmad, stated that he strongly supports the compensation program for orphans.

"However, it needs to be anticipated in 2021. I am afraid that people will fight to take care of orphans because there is assistance. This needs to be considered together with clearer solutions and rules,' said Achmad.

Member of the Prosperous Justice Faction, Buchori Yusuf, agreed to the definitive budget cap that had been approved by the Budget Committee, in particular to the Ministry of Social Affairs. In line with Achmad, Buchori also emphasized that aid for orphans can become a legacy.

"This means that the mandate of Article 34 of the 1945 Constitution, in which the poor and neglected children are cared for by the state, can be implemented. This policy also shows that the state is present to intervene to reduce poverty," he said.

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