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Social Affairs Ministry Coordinates with Pos Indonesia and Bulog to Distribute PPKM Rice Aid

Friday, 13-August-2021 10:00

Social Affairs Ministry Coordinates with Pos Indonesia and Bulog to Distribute PPKM Rice Aid
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Social Affairs Ministry Coordinates with Pos Indonesia and Bulog to Distribute PPKM Rice Aid
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian government has completed the first phase distribution of rice aid in the context of the Implementation of Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM), to 20 million Beneficiary Receivers (KPM). The government is now immediately starting the distribution of PPKM Phase II rice assistance to 8.8 million KPMs, in this case in the form of a package of 10 kg of medium rice/KPM.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs Hartono Laras said that PPKM rice assistance was distributed to 10 million PKH KPMs, 10 million BST KPMs, and 8.8 million BPNT non-PKH KPMs. In Phase I, the PPKM rice assistance was distributed to 20 million KPMs, namely to 10 million PKH KPMs and 10 million BST KPMs.

As for the distribution of PPKM Phase II rice assistance, the target is for 8.8 million non-PKH BPNT KPMs. For this purpose, the Ministry of Social Affairs continues to improve coordination with partners, in this case Perum Bulog, PT Pos Indonesia, local governments, and related parties.

"Alhamdulillah (thank God), we can report that until today, we have distributed the PPKM Phase I rice assistance. For Phase II, I think there is no problem. Insya Allah (God willing), we can do it well, as we already have experience and synergy in the distribution in Phase II," said Hartono Laras at a press conference with Perum Bulog, PT Pos Indonesia, and DNR Corporation, in Jakarta, Thursday (12/8/2021).

The Indonesian government, under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, has implemented PPKM in order to break the COVID-19 chain. To ease the burden on the poor and vulnerable who cannot work and whose income are declining, the government distributes various social assistances.

In addition to cash transfer-based social assistance, such as the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH), Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT)/Staple Food Cards, and Cash Social Assistance (BST), the Ministry of Social Affairs also launched PPKM rice assistance.

"The distribution of BSB is to help meet some of the basic needs of people affected by the pandemic," said the Secretary General.

For the distribution of PPKM Phase II rice assistance, said the Secretary General, there was no special preparation. So far, the Ministry of Social Affairs has submitted data on beneficiaries based on the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS) to the Ministry of Finance as the power of attorney for budget users.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Social Affairs will improve coordination with Perum Bulog which is tasked with providing and distributing rice aid, and other related parties, such as PT Pos Indonesia, local governments and other related parties.

"We have also activated the role of PKH assistants and District Social Welfare Workers (TKSK) to assist officers from both Perum Bulog and PT Pos, to help smooth distribution in the field," said the Secretary General.

Through the role of facilitators, the Ministry of Social Affairs ensures that if there is a change in recipient data, it will be corrected immediately. The Ministry of Social Affairs itself has data by name by address, so that if there is a change in data, it can be detected and immediately replaced with an appropriate one.

The Ministry of Social Affairs appreciates the role of all parties who have worked together in carrying out the task of distributing aid, including the Head of Bulog and its ranks, PT Pos Indonesia and its ranks, local governments, social assistants, volunteers, and all parties who helped.

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