Social Affairs Minister Inspects Social Assistance Distribution in Tangerang

Wednesday, 28-July-2021 18:41

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

TANGERANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has instructed his staff to expedite the distribution of Social Assistance (Bansos) for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also in line with the extension of the Level-4 Implementation of Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM).

Following up on President Joko Widodo's instructions, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini conducted an inspection of recipients of Cash Social Assistance (BST), Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) and Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT)/Staple Food Program at RT 03/RW 03 Tangerang City, Banten, on Wednesday (07/28/2021).

One of the residents, Aryanih, who received the BPNT, admitted that she was asked for money by certain individuals related to the assistance program she received from the Ministry of Social Affairs.

"You should have declined to pay for plastic bag fees or whatever it's called by certain individuals, as your rights to social assistance are full and without the slightest deduction. Do not be afraid, I guarantee it, so write me a letter about this," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Maryanih also felt the same way, who also received BPNT but the price of the component goods she received did not match or did not reach IDR200,000 per month.

"Earlier, it was calculated by people from the Food Task Force/Police Headquarters, that the price of the components received was only IDR177,000 from what should have been IDR200,000. So there was a difference of IDR23,000. Just imagine if IDR23,000 is multiplied by 18.8 million," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The recipients of BST, BPNT/Staple Food Program and PKH were asked to help the government so that the aid could reach the beneficiaries and there were no price adjustments or fees by anyone.

"Please help us to find out whether there are adjustments or not, if things continue like this, the business cannot be finished and the residents cannot to be prosperous," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Earlier, Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, met and had a dialogue with residents who were queuing for BST disbursement by implementing health protocols on Jalan H Diran RT 08/RW 01, Gg Rawa 1, Pinang Village, Pinang District, Tangerang City. At the location of the BST, there were 110 residents who received BST.

"We have to try to be empowered and not always be the recipients of social assistance. For example, in the city of Surabaya, there are cake villages and lontong (rice cake) villages which focus on making cakes and rice cakes," she said.

Not only that, the Minister of Social Affairs also motivated social assistance recipients to change through entrepreneurship programs, such as raising chickens and raising laying hens.

"I am always enthusiastic about motivating people to want to change through productive business programs, including raising chickens and raising laying hens, the results of which can improve family welfare," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

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