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Social Affairs Minister Asks Himbara Banks in Central Kalimantan to Finalize Social Aid Disbursements

Thursday, 16-September-2021 16:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right)
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right)
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PALANGKARAYA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has encouraged the Association of State-Owned Banks (Himbara) in Central Kalimantan Province to ensure that Beneficiary Families (KPM) receive Social Assistance or Bansos. The Minister of Social Affairs has asked Himbara member banks to fulfill the rights of Beneficiary Families (KPM) before the third week of September.

"I ask that the distribution of social assistance can be completed before the third Sunday of September. Have pity on the KPMs, sirs. Nothing is difficult, sirs, if we are serious," said the Minister of Social Affairs at a data matching meeting in Palangkaraya, on Thursday (09/16/2021).

The Minister of Social Affairs conveyed this message in a meeting with representatives of Himbara member banks, representatives of PT Pos Indonesia, echelon l officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs, special staff of the minister, Central Kalimantan Deputy Police Chief Brigadier General Ida Oetari, PIP Deputy for Politics, Law and Security and PMK BPKP Iwan Taufiq Purwanto, as well as assistants for the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) and Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) in Palangkaraya City.

At this meeting, the input received by the Minister of Social Affairs was almost the same as the meeting held in South Kalimantan. One of the inputs revealed was the process of distributing social assistance was faced with geographical challenges. Geographical conditions in Central Kalimantan are mostly peatlands, swamps and rivers.

To overcome these obstacles, the Minister of Social Affairs asked the Himbara banks and assistants to distribute the social aid at once, namely by channeling directly to PKH and BPNT recipients.

"I ask the Himbara member banks to make it easier to fulfill the needs of KPMs' rights. Please have pity on them, sirs. They are poor people who need help," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

To all related parties, the Minister of Social Affairs asked to be careful with data. For example, when it was discovered that the social assistance had not arrived because the address was unknown, the Minister of Social Affairs requested that the aid not be disbursed.

"If it turns out that this person died of hunger because they had not received any aid, it will become our sins, sirs. So let's really carry out this mandate," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

For this reason, the Minister of Social Affairs also asked Himbara member banks to bring their services closer to where the KPMs live. In the long term, the Minister of Social Affairs will prepare special regulations that can become Himbara's legal umbrella to distribute social assistance at once.

"For areas with many natural challenges, such as in Central Kalimantan, a special approach is needed. I will prepare a regulation in which the distribution of social assistance uses a geographical approach, not just an administrative one," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

During the meeting, the Minister of Social Affairs evaluated the disbursement of social assistance in Central Kalimantan. Like other areas that were visited by the Minister of Social Affairs, the problem of distributing social assistance revolves around the KKS that were not distributed, suspended accounts, duplicate data collection, and banking procedures that are felt to be complicated. This happened to both PKH and BPNT social assistance recipients.

"We knew earlier that what was said to be suspended could actually be resolved. The address of the KPM in question can be found. So I hope that aid will not be withheld," Risma said.

To prove this, the Minister of Social Affairs asked KPMs who live in the nearest location to be picked up and presented at the meeting location. In less than an hour, two PKH recipients were presented according to the direction of the Minister of Social Affairs.

To the two women who received PKH assistance, the Minister of Social Affairs asked if they had received assistance. They answered that they have not received the intended assistance. Regarding this incident, the Minister of Social Affairs reaffirmed that the data on the recipients of aid actually did exist.

The Minister of Social Affairs then ordered the officers to hand over the card and gave the opportunity for the KPMs to disburse assistance by swiping the card into the EDC machine. It turned out that the disbursement was successful. One of the KPMs managed to disburse assistance worth IDR1 million.

“Well, it turns out that it can be disbursed, so the data on the beneficiaries is there, and they live not far from here, and they do not live in a challenging location. The question is why have they not received assistance?" asked the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs asked banks, local governments and all related parties to prioritize services for KPM whose lives are getting harder due to the impact of the pandemic.

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