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Social Affairs Ministry Set to Expedite Aid Distribution to Hard to Reach Areas in North Kalimantan

Friday, 29-October-2021 14:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini in Tarakan, North Kalimantan
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini in Tarakan, North Kalimantan
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TARAKAN, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has received an explanation about the difficult geographical conditions in North Kalimantan. The explanation was obtained during a data matching session and evaluation of the distribution of Social Assistance in the province.

The Minister of Social Affairs ensures that she will help prepare the costs of water and air transportationfor aid to reach beneficiaries in these locations.

"I ask all department heads to specify which areas are geographically difficult. We propose that a budget will be prepared to be able to deliver aid to those areas. Thus, there is no more talking about difficult areas," said the Minister of Social Affairs in Tarakan, on Friday (10/29/2021). .

Present on this occasion to accompany the Minister of Social Affairs were the Director General of Social Protection and Security, the Director General of Handling the Poor, and the Minister's Special Staff. Also present were the Regional Secretary of North Kalimantan Province Dato Iqro Ramadhan, Tarakan Mayor Khairul, DPD Committee III Member Hasan Basri, and DPR Commission VIII Member Deddy Yevri Hanteru Sitorus.

Among the areas that fall into the difficult category are several sub-districts in Tarakan City. There are 5 areas in Krayan District, Nunukan District, there is one village in Apo Kayan District, in Lumbis Ogong District there are three areas, and Pujungan District has three villages.

During the meeting, the Minister of Social Affairs directed the banks and the head of the social services to identify areas that are difficult but close in position. The next step, the banks are asked to send assistance in a quick manner (at once) with cash at one point for the adjacent area.

"I will prepare a budget to rent transportation equipment for difficult areas. If necessary, we will rent aircraft, especially for areas that cannot be accessed by land and water transportation," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

For these remote areas, the Minister of Social Affairs instructed that payments that were delayed for three months be made at once in cash, in this case including the City of Tarakan.

"I ask for Tarakan City to be clear that aid can be delivered to KPMs on Sunday," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

In Tarakan City, it is known that there are 1,672 KPM Non-Cash Food Assistance (BNPT)/Staple Goods Programs that have not been distributed. A total of 226 KPM Family Hope Program (PKH) that have not been transactions.

In the areas mentioned above, including Kayan Hilir, Kayan Hulu, Kayan Selatan and Sungai Boh sub-districts, it requires extra manpower to reach KPM's domicile. The geographical contours of rivers and seas make the process of channeling aid take up to 15 hours. The Minister of Social Affairs also stated his readiness to help with water transportation in the form of speedboat rentals.

With this support, the Minister of Social Affairs asked all related parties to be able to overcome the existing challenges.

“Do our job as well as possible, even if the challenges are difficult, it must be done,” she added.

Reporter : turkhan
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