Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | 12:08 WIB

Social Affairs Minister: Social Aid Can Help Boost Local Economies

Social Affairs Minister: Social Aid Can Help Boost Local Economies (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs provides ample space for suppliers of basic food materials for social assistance to local economic businesses. Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara said this is to ensure that the social assistance from the government drives the local economy.

Juliari said the Ministry of Social Affairs has never issued regulations that give privileges to certain suppliers. Thus, he hopes that out of tens of trillions of social assistance from the government, the role of local economic businesses can be maximized.

"The value of assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs is tens of trillions, right? For example, the Non-Cash Food Aid (BPNT)/Staple Food Program is based on food assistance such as rice, eggs, fish, and so on. My hope is that with such a large budget, it can be used to buy various basic necessities in the local areas," he said in Jakarta, on Friday (09/25/2020).

If this can be done, then the social assistance from the government is expected to drive the local economy.

"So from the assistance received, I hope KPM (beneficiary families) can spend it in that area too. I hope local suppliers can also provide various staples needed with good quality," Juliari added.

He said the extent to which the effectiveness of social assistance rotates the economy in a region cannot be separated from the role of regional leaders.

"Here, the role of regional leaders is of course very significant. Planned and innovative steps from regional leaders can create a business climate that allows the provision of good quality food but at affordable prices," he said.

The role of social assistance and encouraging the rotation of the local economy is the message of the Minister of Social Affairs in his visits to various regions, in closely monitoring the process of distributing social assistance. He also conveyed the same thing when he greeted residents of Ranai City, Natuna Regency, and witnessed the distribution of social assistance in this border area, on Tuesday (09/22/2020).

There were two types of social assistance witnessed by the Minister of Social Affairs in Natuna, namely #KemensosHadir basic food social assistance and Cash Social Assistance (BST). For basic food assistance, 985 packages were distributed through the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla). Sebako social assistance is then distributed to 2,552 people at the border.

In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs determined as many as 5,784 BST beneficiary families (KPM) in Natuna Regency with a total value of IDR 1,735,200,000. In addition, as many as 3,175 KPM in Natuna Regency were also listed as part of the Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT)/Staple Food Program, with a total value of IDR 7,302,500,000.

Thus, from the two types of social assistance, the people of Natuna Regency received a total of around IDR9 billion. The Minister of Social Affairs stated that these various assistance are expected to help ease the burden on the communities due to the pandemic.