Thursday, 29 October 2020 | 15:14 WIB

Social Affairs Minister Expects Social Aid Program to Recover Tourism in Bali

Social Affairs Minister Expects Social Aid Program to Recover Tourism in Bali (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara was unable to convey his concern after witnessing the quiet atmosphere in various corners of the island of Bali. He hopes that the various social assistance programs provided by the government will be effective in reviving the tourism industry in Bali.

The Minister of Social Affairs conveyed this during a work visit to Bali, on Friday (08/21/2020). He stated that the pandemic had hit almost all countries, including Indonesia. All sectors experienced a decline, including the tourism sector in Bali.

“I have known Bali for decades, this is the first time I have seen Bali as quiet as this. This is the consequence of the restricting of our travels, including foreign tourists. If it is opened just like that, it will increase the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Therefore, with various social assistance (bansos) programs such as Cash Social Assistance (BST), it is expected to stimulate the economy in Bali," Juliari said on Sunday (23/8/2020).

Last Friday (21/8/2020), he checked the distribution of BST and the Basic Food Program in Klungkung Regency and Karangasem Regency, Bali. The tourism sector in Bali, which has been hit by the pandemic, is a concern.

He stressed that it could not be ascertained as to when the pandemic ends. As long as a vaccine has not been found, this situation will continue. To overcome this, he said, the government continues to increase support and assistance to the community.

"Apart from various social assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs, assistance is also provided by other ministries. For example, direct cash assistance (BLT) to non-civil employees with salaries below IDR 5 million, amounting to IDR 600,000. This is under the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration. Then there is also BLT for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) which is distributed by the Ministry of Cooperatives and MSME, "he said.

Social Affairs Minister Juliari reminded that the various social safety net (JPS) programs can run well if there is cooperation with Ministry of Social Affairs partners, such as PT Pos, and what is no less important is the role of local governments.

"Hopefully these JPS programs will help stimulate the tourism industry in Bali. The key is good cooperation and coordination, especially with the government," Juliari said.

The Minister of Social Affairs is happy because the Klungkung Regency and Karangasem Regency Governments, and in general all local governments, have provided good cooperation. "I remind you, in line with the President's direction, that problems in the field are immediately resolved in the field," he continued.

On the opportunity to meet with the Klungkung Regent and the Karangasem Regent, the Minister of Social Affairs also stated his commitment to continue to support various programs that help the most affected layers of society in Bali.

In Bali Province, there were 99,653 KPM recipients with PT Pos Indonesia distributors and 8,960 KPM with Himbara distributors spread across 9 districts/cities. The recipients of the Basic Food Program assistance were 179,769 KPM, spread over 9 districts/cities.

For Klungkung Regency, the number of BST recipients was 7,718 KPM with PT Pos Indonesia distributors, and 458 KPM with Himbara distributors. The total BST for Klungkung Regency is IDR 2,452,800,000/month. The number of recipients of the Staple Food Program in Klungkung Regency is 10,235 KPMs with an aid value of IDR 2,047,000,000/month.

For Karangasem Regency, the number of BST recipients was 6,710 KPM with PT Pos Indonesia distributors and 538 KPM with Himbara distributors, with a total BST value of IDR 2,174,400,000/month. The recipients of the Basic Food Program in Karangasem Regency are 10,235 KPM with a value of IDR 2,047,000,000/month.

The social assistance programs are expected to support and drive the local economy, encourage local economic growth, so it is hoped that it can overcome the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this case it certainly pick up the tourism sector in Bali.