Social Affairs Minister Urges Staff to Focus on Improving Public Welfare

Tuesday, 15-June-2021 14:33

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has asked the ranks of the Ministry of Social Affairs to pay close attention to national policies related to the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), Strategic Plan (Renstra), and Government Work Plan (RKP).

All programs and budgets must be oriented towards benefits that can be directly felt by the communities, reflecting synergy and integration.

"Also, maintain the aspects of efficiency, effectiveness and propriety," said the Minister of Social Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs' Budget and Program Planning Research activity for Fiscal Year 2022 at Aneka Bhakti Building, Jakarta, on Tuesday (06/15/2021).

Moreover, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the poverty rate has risen from 24.75 million in September 2019 to 27.55 million in September 2020, an increase of 0.97 percent.

This condition greatly affects poor and vulnerable families, as well as layoffs, reduced working hours and decreased purchasing power of the people in meeting their daily needs.

This research activity is strategic to ensure that program planning and budgeting can provide benefits to improving community welfare.

"Based on BPS data as of February 2021, it shows that 19.10 million people or 9.30 percent of the working age population are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

The Ministry of Social Affairs program has had a significant impact in maintaining the level of community welfare so that it does not sink further. Thus, the state must be present to overcome these problems.

Through the Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) and the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH), the Social Affairs Ministry has been able to improve the welfare of the Beneficiary Families (KPM).

"This is done With continued social security net programs, such as Cash Social Assistance (BST) which targets 18.8 million KPMs throughout Indonesia," she said.

BPNT and PKH are a strategic part of the National Economic Recovery (PEN) mechanism in order to reduce the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, the updating of the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS) continues to be carried out and the theme of the 2022 RKP is Economic Recovery and Structural Reform.

It is hoped that all work units can ensure that the programs compiled have a direct socio-economic impact on the communities and are right on target.

Various programs from the Ministry of Social Affairs are directed at contributing to economic recovery and becoming the foundation for an Advanced Indonesia in 2045.

"Special attention is needed, as well as various efforts for social empowerment for poor and vulnerable families so that they can be empowered," concluded the Minister of Social Affairs.

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