Social Affairs Minister Ensures Protection for Children Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, 19-August-2021 14:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (center) poses with two children in Papua
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (center) poses with two children in Papua

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has ensured that the state provides protection to people affected by the pandemic, including children. The government is finalizing a protection scheme for children who have been separated from their parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused children to be separated from their parents due to self-isolation or parents who died. The Minister of Social Affairs said that the state needs to allocate a budget to provide protection for children who are separated from their parents, including orphans.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said she was discussing the possibility of a budget allocation for this purpose with the Ministry of Finance.

"I have spoken with the Minister of Finance so that it can be supported from the budget. Assistance for these children is the state's obligation. As mandated by the constitution in Article 34 of the 1945 Constitution, that the poor and neglected children are cared for by the state," said Social Affairs Minister Risma in Jakarta, on Thursday (08/19/2021).

The government is currently finalizing the aid scheme with the Ministry of Finance and Bappenas, as it is not easy to decide on the right assistance scheme due to very diverse conditions.

"Right now it is being finalized. It is not easy (to draw up an aid scheme), because Indonesia is vast and has various regional characteristics. If I was in Surabaya yesterday, it was not so wide, so it was easy," she said.

Social assistance from the state must still comply with the principles of accountability, for example by referring to population data. For children whose residential identity is properly recorded on the family card, it is easier to process administratively. However, for those who are not registered, of course, further procedures are needed.

Based on data from the Covid-19 Handling Task Force as of July 20, 2021, it is known that 11,045 children have become orphans who have lost one or both of their parents.

In addition, the Covid-19 Handling Task Force also noted that there were 350,000 children exposed to COVID-19. A total of 777 of the children died from the virus. The level of risk of children is very high for exposure to COVID-19. Therefore, the government has set a policy to accelerate vaccination for children aged at least 12 years.

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