Tuesday, 29 September 2020 | 10:13 WIB

Social Affairs Ministry Focuses on Distributing Social Aid as PSBB is Re-Implemented

Social Affairs Ministry Focuses on Distributing Social Aid as PSBB is Re-Implemented (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Regarding the decition of the Jakarta Provincial Government to re-implement the tightening of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB), the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs has not yet taken a specific policy. The Ministry of Social Affairs is still focusing on social assistance (bansos) that is already running, including the social assistance for basic needs in Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi.

Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara said that what needs to be clarified first is that the Jakarta administration still applies the status of PSBB. This is because the Jakarta PSBB status has not been revoked.

"So it's still in PSBB. And the one who decides on the status of PSBB is the Ministry of Health. For this reason, the Ministry of Social Affairs is still focusing on social assistance that is already running, including social assistance for basic needs in Jakarta and Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi, which will run until December 2020," said Social Affairs Minister Juliari Jakarta (09/11/2020).

If indeed the expectation is that additional social assistance is needed in line with the tightening of the PSBB, then it is not an easy decision and requires in-depth study. According to him, an important aspect that needs to be calculated in this regard is the determination of aid targets and budget readiness. These two aspects require in-depth study and coordination.

"So this can't be sudden. The Ministry of Social Affairs is waiting for President Joko Widodo's direction. If the option is to add social assistance, we are ready. In principle, the Ministry of Social Affairs is ready to carry out the President's direction," he said.

Social Affairs Minister Juliari confirmed that there would be coordination steps with the Jakarta Provincial Government if the President indeed ordered the strengthening of the social safety net program (JPS). "If it is decided there is a need for a new policy, we will coordinate with the local government," he continued.

In dealing with the impact of the pandemic, the Ministry of Social Affairs has launched a social assistance program, namely the Presidential Social Assistance package or Social Assistance for Basic Food (BSS) for Jakarta and Greater Jakarta, and Cash Social Assistance (BST) for outside of Greater Jakarta.

The President's assistance for basic food assistance reaches 1.9 million households (KK). For Jakarta it reaches 1.3 million KK, and Greater Jakarta  (an area directly adjacent to Jakarta) reaches 600,000 KK.

The distribution of BSS is set at IDR600,000/KPM/month, starting from April 20 to June 2020. However, at the initial opportunity, the Ministry of Social Affairs concentrated on Jakarta, because the PSBB status in Jakarta was the earliest.

The government decided to add BSS and BST benefits, namely by extending the distribution duration, from July to December 2020, with a duration of six months the BSS value is IDR300,000/KPM/month.