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Social Affairs Minister Reminds Local Govt and Himbara Banks to Ensure KPMs Receive Social Aid

Saturday, 02-October-2021 09:38

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (white shirt) at a data evaluation meeting in Manado.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (white shirt) at a data evaluation meeting in Manado.
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MANADO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has asked the local government, Himbara member banks, and their counterparts to work hard to ensure that social aid is received by the beneficiary recipients (KPM). The distribution of social assistance, such as the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH), enters the final stage of distribution in October.

On the other hand, each region has now received additional aid recipients, which nationally amounted to 5.9 million KPMs. Therefore, the parties concerned above must keep pace with the times.

"Come on ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to work hard. There are still many KPMs who have not received assistance. The numbers are huge. In fact, the final distribution of the PKH social assistance will be in October. This is injury time," said the Minister of Social Affairs in a data matching meeting at Tou Motou Hall, Manado City (10/01/2021).

The Minister of Social Affairs received reports from various parties, both from representatives of the association of state-owned banks (Himbara), assistants for the PKH program, as well as the Non-Cash Food Aid (BPNT)/Staple Goods Program.

On this occasion, the Minister of Social Affairs expressed concern as there are still many beneficiaries in North Sulawesi Province who have not received assistance. From the data presented, it is shown that hundreds to thousands of KPMs have not received assistance.

For BPNT/Staple Goods Program, for example, the Minister of Social Affairs obtained data in South Minahasa Regency of 542 KPMs, Central Minahasa Regency of 545 KPMs, and in North Minahasa Regency of 616 KPMs.

"This is a lot. A total of 1,600 KPMs. What is this? These are poor people, sir. One person cannot be left without getting assistance, let alone thousands," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, also highlighted Bitung Regency, which showed that there were still around 8,000 KPMs that had not yet received social aid. The Minister of Social Affairs again reminded that among thousands of KPMs there are still BPNT KPMs which have not been able to disburse aid funds since July 2020.

Considering that it has been three months, the Minister of Social Affairs ordered that the suspended accounts to be reopened. "So that there is no more reason Himbara can't distribute aid," she said.

To ensure that KPMs can immediately disburse aid funds, the Minister of Social Affairs has set a deadline for completing the distribution in the second week of October 2021. "I ask that on the second Sunday of October, the aid has been distributed," Risma said.

In an explanation to the Minister of Social Affairs, a representative of Himbara member bank said there was a geographical challenge, namely the domicile of KPMs who live in the mountains or islands separated by the sea.

Those who work in the mountains only return home after the harvest is over. To facilitate the distribution of social assistance, the Minister of Social Affairs asked Himbara member banks to take the initiative to visit KPMs and distribute aid simultaneously by handing over the cards to the beneficiary recipients.

"Bring money, sir, and bring the cards. So you don't go back and forth, sir. Can you?" the Social Affairs Minister asked.

The Minister of Social Affairs instructed the regional government and assistants to summon KPMs in the second week of every month and disbursements could be done simultaneously. "So, they only come to the sub-district every second week of the month," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs also instructed for BPNT KPMs who have not withdraw the aid since July 2021, they can receive assistance in cash, not necessarily in the form of food ingredients. Payments are made at once or in installments.

"So the assistance they receive will be reapplied, they will receive five months. If five months are paid at once, it is impossible for all of them to be in the form of basic necessities. Later, the food will be damaged. The distribution of social assistance assistance from BPNT is distributed in the form of cash," said the Social Affairs Minister.

During the meeting, the Minister of Social Affairs evaluated the disbursement of social assistance in North Sulawesi. Like the other areas Risma visited, the problem of distributing social assistance revolved around the KKS cards that had not been distributed, suspended accounts, double data collection, and banking procedures that were felt to be complicated. This happened to both PKH and BPNT KPMs.

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