Social Affairs Minister Addresses Delays in Social Assistance Distribution to Recipients in Gorontalo
Thursday, 30-September-2021 22:00
GORONTALO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has allowed the distribution of Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) in Gorontalo Province to be carried out with a cash mechanism, and not in the form of food ingredients. This policy was adopted taking into account the geographical conditions and traditions that developed in the area.
The policy applies to BPNT Beneficiary Recipient Families (KPM) in Gorontalo Province who have not received social assistance since July 2021. The information was received by the Minister of Social Affairs in a data matching meeting involving various parties in Gorontalo (30/9/2021).
The Minister of Social Affairs decided that BPNT would be distributed at once for the next two months, namely October and November, so that BPNT KPMs who have not received assistance since July will receive 5 months of aid at once.
"If it is carried out, they will receive five months, it is impossible for it all to be in the form of basic necessities. Later, the food can be spoiled. The distribution of the BPNT social assistance is distributed in the form of cash," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.
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Social Affairs Minister Risma's decision has been coordinated with Himbara state banks association, Member of the House of Representatives Commission VIII Idah Syahidah Rusli Habibie, member of Committee 3 DPD Rahmijati Jahja, and Deputy Governor of Gorontalo Idris Rahim, who were present at the meeting.
"This has been witnessed by everyone here that the distribution is in the form of cash, and it may be in accordance with the Presidential Regulation on Social Assistance BPNT, in which the aid can be taken in the form of money," said the Minister of Social Affairs.
The delay in the distribution of Social Assistance (Bansos) is attributed to geographical conditions, and the locations of the KPMs are difficult to reach. It is also difficult to find the KPMs as most of them work as farmers in hilly areas.
They only returned home after the harvest was over. To facilitate the distribution of Social Assistance, the Minister of Social Affairs instructed the local government and assistants summon the KPMs in the second week of every month, and that the disbursements are done at once. "So, they come to the sub-district every second week of the month," continued the Minister of Social Affairs.
At the meeting, the Minister of Social Affairs evaluated the disbursement of social assistance in Gorontalo. Like other areas that have been visited by the Minister of Social Affairs, the problem of distributing social assistance revolves around the Prosperous Family Cards (KKS) that were not distributed, blocked accounts, duplicate data collection, and banking procedures that are felt to be complicated. This happened to both PKH and BPNT recipients.
The Minister of Social Affairs asked the Himbara banks in Gorontalo and the regional government to improve coordination in the distribution of social assistance.
Risma said the problem of card distribution could be resolved in the first week of October. She also requested that the Himbara banks and the local government, as well as the social aid assistants to work together in the distribution of social assistance to beneficiaries in Gorontalo.
"I ask the Himbara banks to bring the cards and cash straight away to avoid double work. The local government should also provide a place so that Himbara doesn't have to worry too much," said the Minister of Social Affairs.
Risma also emphasized that the Ministry of Social Affairs will continue to ensure that the beneficiary families get their rights, as the aid are very valuable for the beneficiary families.000
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of Gorontalo Idris Rahim appreciated the presence of the Minister of Social Affairs in Gorontalo Province. Deputy Governor Idris Rahim said the Minister of Social Affairs paid special attention to ensuring that the data on beneficiaries of social assistance was right on target.
"I see the minister is very responsible for this data. The figure in Gorontalo province are still quite high, at 15.59 percent, so that our Regional Budget funds are not sufficient to reduce this poverty rate. I thank the Minister for providing assistance," Idris Rahim said.
ATENSI Aid Distribution
Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini also distributed ATENSI assistance to 474 people with a value of IDR699,177,000.
The assistance is provided in the form of ATENSI aid for orphans due to COVID-19, accessibility assistance, assistance for basic needs, and entrepreneurship assistance.
After distributing the aid, the Social Affairs Minister gave encouragement to the beneficiaries and reminded them not to give up easily.
"Never give up, yes, our God is fair, don't say you can't. I know you can. So study hard, make your parents proud, make Gorontalo proud, make Indonesia proud," Risma said to the ATENSI aid recipients.
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