Social Affairs Ministry Ensures Social Aid Accessibility for the Vulnerable Groups

Saturday, 30-October-2021 14:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma (center)
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma (center)

TARAKAN, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs ensures that vulnerable groups in the Tarakan City area, North Kalimantan can access Ministry of Social Affairs' assistance programs, one of which is the Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) program. Through the Attention Program, the Ministry of Social Affairs distributed aid worth IDR764,375,000 to vulnerable groups, namely children, persons with disabilities and the elderly.

On the occasion of the delivery of aid, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini emphasized the importance of central and regional synergy as well as the community in easing their burden, especially those affected by the pandemic.

“It is our duty to serve vulnerable groups with social rehabilitation services. If the houses of the beneficiaries are far, we will distribute the aid directly to them,” said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, when delivering the aid in Tarakan City (10/29/2021).

To further ensure that vulnerable groups are entitled to receive assistance but have not been reached, the Ministry of Social Affairs Ensures the Accessibility of Vulnerable Groups in Tarakan to Social Assistance “I ask the local government to submit data on these vulnerable groups. The local governments are the ones who understand and know the condition of their citizens the most. As soon as the data comes in, the Ministry of Social Affairs will provide services," she said.

ATENSI assistance is provided after an assessment of the needs of the beneficiary has previously been carried out. The assistance includes savings accounts for 26 orphans, entrepreneurship assistance for 80 people, accessibility assistance for 21 people, and basic needs assistance for 207 people.

Vulnerable groups are the most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the Ministry of Social Affairs is concerned about reducing their burden of life by providing services, including with the help of ATENSI. To maintain sustainability and ensure service coverage runs in all corners of the country, the Minister of Social Affairs emphasizes all Technical Implementation Units (UPT) of the Ministry of Social Affairs to run multiple services.

That is to organize all social rehabilitation services, namely handling children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, victims of drug abuse and people with social impairments, as well as victims of human trafficking. Through a multi-service approach, the Minister of Social Affairs wants the Ministry of Social Affairs to respond quickly to various social problems.

"We will respond quickly to various social problems and provide assistance based on the results of the assessment of social pillars in the public, such as social aid assistants," Risma said.

In the midst of the pressure of the pandemic, the Minister of Social Affairs advised the recipients to remain optimistic. "Never give up even if we have shortcomings. With that deficiency we think. Other people can do it, we can certainly do it,” said the Minister of Social Affairs.

For the assistance and concern of the Minister of Social Affairs, the beneficiaries in Tarakan City expressed their gratitude. M. Ridho Ridwansyah, recipient of ATENSI assistance for children who are in grade 1 of high school, is happy to receive support from the government.

“I am grateful, this is my support to keep the spirit of school. I want to fulfill the last request of my late father for me to become a police officer,” he said.

Likewise with M. Gabriel who remains enthusiastic even though he is in a disability condition. Before getting prosthetics, he only used a stick and worked as a fisherman. He hopes that with the prosthetic leg, he can be more enthusiastic about work and increase his mobility.

ATENSI assistance in Tarakan City is managed by Budi Luhur Banjarbaru Center, Prof. Dr. Soeharso Surakarta Center,  and Gau Mabaji Gowa Center. 

This activity was attended by Members of Commission VI of the House of Representatives, Commission III of the Indonesian Regional Representatives Council, Echelon I and II Officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Heads of Social Rehabilitation Centers, Mayor of Tarakan, and Regional Secretary of North Kalimantan Province.

Reporter : turkhan
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