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Social Affairs Minister Presents Strategies to Accelerate Poverty Alleviation at DPD Work Meeting

Tuesday, 21-September-2021 16:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - In front of the members of Committee III of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini explained the Ministry of Social Affairs' strategy to accelerate poverty alleviation. In general, the strategy rests on two main pillars, namely increasing income and reducing expenditure.

The Minister of Social Affairs stated that the increase in income was carried out by turning on the "second engine" of the economy. This can be the mother or father in the household.

"Switching on the 'second engine' can be done by providing job opportunities or increasing entrepreneurial skills. Thus, in this family, married couples both have productive activities,” said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

This statement was conveyed by the Minister of Social Affairs in a Work Meeting with DPD Committee III, with the topic of Realization of the Work Program of the Ministry of Social Affairs in 2021 and the Social Protection Program during the Covid-19 Pandemic, at the DPD Building, Jakarta, on Tuesday (09/21/2021).

The work meeting was led by the Deputy Chairperson of the DPD, Evi Apita Maya, attended physically by 19 members and the rest online. Present to accompany the Minister of Social Affairs were Echelon 1 officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs and ranks.

In her presentation, the Minister of Social Affairs said the Indonesian government focused on programs to reduce the expenditures of poor and vulnerable families, such as daily expenses related to the needs of clothing, food and housing.

"Here, the government reduces the economic burden through the implementation of proportional subsidy policies, and with social assistance that includes staple needs, health, and education," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

To increase income, the Ministry of Social Affairs connects beneficiaries, namely scavengers, homeless people, and beggars with work and businesses through increasing social entrepreneurship.

To reduce school fees and healthcare for pregnant women and children under five, the Ministry of Social Affairs intervened for poor families through the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH).

"In PKH there are components of school children, health checks for pregnant women, and toddlers," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

In addition to PKH, the Cash Social Assistance Program (BST) is also to increase the purchasing power of beneficiaries. The two social assistance programs provide financial assistance to Beneficiary Families (KPM). Meanwhile, the Basic Food Card/Non-Cash Food Aid Program (BPNT) was distributed to fulfill basic needs.

The two strategies were formulated with the background of thinking that policies to accelerate poverty alleviation cannot run without an end point. The Minister of Social Affairs stated that to achieve the target, the Ministry of Social Affairs needed to prepare program leverage.

"If a person is healthy and physically capable, then that person can be given access to jobs or by improving his vocational abilities," Risma said.

To the DPD members, the Minister of Social Affairs stated that she had established ATENSI Creative Centers (SKA) which had been established in eight centers belonging to the Ministry of Social Affairs. SKAs is a place for People Needing Social Welfare Services (PPKS) who have received training. They are given the opportunity to market their creations to establish and manage businesses such as cafes, laundry, make-up, salons, stalls, culinary businesses and sewing galleries.

In terms of data improvement, the Minister of Social Affairs conveyed a breakthrough in increasing data accuracy, one of which was by adding the "proposal" and "rebuttal" features to the Cek Bansos Application.

The activation of these two features is a solution to data problems so far, namely there are people who have the right to get help but cannot (exclusion error), and there are people who are not entitled to receive assistance but are given aid (inclusion error).

"This is also an effort to continue to encourage the accuracy of the distribution of social assistance," she said.

This step is to provide transparency, especially to people who feel they have the right to get assistance but do not get it by accessing the “proposal” feature, or provide information if you know someone is not worthy but get social assistance by accessing the “rebuttal” feature.

The Minister of Social Affairs' presentation received a positive response from DPD members. DPD Member from Central Java, Bambang Sutrisno, said he was ready to oversee the Ministry of Social Affairs' programs.

Mirati Dewaningsih from Maluku said that there were a total of 99,000 KPMs whose aid had not yet been disbursed. Mirati's statement was immediately responded by the Minister of Social Affairs with the ability to immediately plan to be present in Maluku.

"I will go there immediately because the numbers are huge," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs' quick response made Mirati immediately give a thumbs up. She hopes that one day she can accompany the Minister of Social Affairs.

"Please come directly to Maluku. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to accompany you," said Mirati.

Reporter : turkhan
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