JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs is set to extend the distribution of Cash Social Assistance (BST) by another year. Hartono Laras, Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs, says the cash social aid program will be continued to 2021.
BST is one of the special social assistance programs launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs to reduce the economic burden of communities and maintain people's purchasing power during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hartono said the Ministry of Social Affairs has received the budget allocation, and is in discussion with the Ministry of Finance.
"Cash social assistance will continue in 2021. The amount is IDR200,000 per family for six months, with a target of ten million families," Hartono said during a Virtual Press Conference on the Realization and Achievements of the Ministry of Social Affairs, on Tuesday (10/27/2020).
Also accompanying Hartono were Director General of Social Protection and Security Pepen Nazaruddin, Director General of the Handling of the Poor Asep Sasa, Director General Edi Suharto, and Expert Staff of the Minister of Social Affairs Sonny W Manalu.
BST itself has been distributed with an index of IDR600,000 in the first batch, namely April-June 2020, and IDR300,000 in the second wave in July - December 2020. The cash social assistance program which was distributed by PT Pos Indonesia and the Association of State Banks (Himbara).
"The achievement (BST distribution) is on the track. Only a few families will be finalizing the distribution," said Hartono.
Furthermore, the Secretary General also ensures that the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) as a regular social aid program will continue and be expanded. The basic food card program will also be continued in 2021.
"In 2021 the special social aid will be extended. Cash social aid is only an addition," he said.