BANDUNG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Social Affairs, has begun distributing Phase II Social Cash Assistance (BST) or the fourth phase, which begins in the city of Bandung.
Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara said BST phase II was a continuation of President Joko Widodo's commitment to provide protection to the poor and vulnerable who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the BST Phase II, with value of IDR300,000 per beneficiary, are given to nine million Beneficiary Families (KPM) for six months, starting from July to December 2020.
"This program is a continuation of the previous BST with a value of IDR600,000 per month that has been distributed through three stages from April to June 2020. The amount of the budget that we poured out for BST phases I and II reached IDR32.5 trillion," said the Minister.
The statement was made by the Minister of Social Affairs after witnessing the distribution of BST at the Office of PT Pos Indonesia Cikutra Branch, Jl PHH Mustopa, Cikutra, Cibeunying Kidul, Bandung City, on Wednesday (05/08/2020).
The Minister added that this program was to help meet the basic needs of people affected by Covid-19, but had not been registered as recipients of the Basic Food and Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH).
They include poor, vulnerable, vulnerable families, affected by narcotics, termination of employment, Remote Indigenous Communities, the elderly, and people with disabilities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the BST program is also intended to increase purchasing power, drive the community's economy, and support local governments.
"The recipients are families registered in the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS) or those proposed by the local governments," Juliari said.
He added that the total value of BST for the city of Bandung in 2020 of IDR212,943,600,000 was distributed to 59,151 beneficiaries, while the total value of BST distributed in West Java Province was IDR3,854,728,800,000 for 1,070,758 beneficiaries.
"We hope that those who get BST, especially in the city of Bandung, can meet their basic needs," Juliari said.
The Minister of Social Affairs continued that to accelerate the distribution of BST, a number of efforts have been made, one of which is by sending letters to local government districts in Indonesia.
"We have written to the regional governments or city governments to immediately improve the BST recipient data. We have also simplified the system of updating data at DTKS," he explained.
In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs also encouraged local governments to re-comb the data proposed by KPM BST to make it more on target.