Social Affairs Ministry's New Features of Cek Bansos is in Line with KPK Measures

Friday, 20-August-2021 11:00

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 - Pahala Nainggolan, Deputy of Prevention at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), says the measures taken by Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini in providing public access for the improvement of data on poverty through the "proposal-refutation" feature on the Cek Bansos website is in line with the KPK's measures. The policy provides reinforcement on aspects of preventing state losses by involving the public.

The KPK itself has activated the Jaga Bansos application as a means for the public to find problems with the distribution of Social Assistance (Bansos).

"The existence of this "proposal-refutation" (on the Cek Bansos site) is what we hope for. We are downstream by preparing the Jaga Bansos application," said Pahala in his presentation at the Jaga Bansos Webinar on Thursday (08/19/2021).

On the same occasion, Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said the Ministry of Social Affairs had activated the "propose" and "refute" features in the Cek Bansos application.

This step is to provide transparency, especially to people who feel they have the right to get assistance but do not get it by accessing the “proposal” feature, or provide information if people know someone is not worthy but get Social Assistance by accessing the "rebuttal" or "refute" feature.

The opening of public access is considered by the Minister of Social Affairs to have a positive impact. With the opening of public participation, the process of updating data is also faster.

"Updating data, which is the government's task, is increasingly helped by public participation. So there should be no view that the local government's authority has been abolished," she said.

The activation of these two features is also a breakthrough from data problems so far, namely there are people who have the right to get assistance but cannot (exclusion error), and there are those who are not entitled but receive assistance (inclusion error). "These are also the efforts in improving the distribution of social assistance," Risma continued.

If there are discrepancies in the data submitted by the public and the local government, a quality assurance mechanism will be implemented by universities. If there is a dispute, quality assurance will be carried out by the universities.

According to the Minister of Social Affairs, in Law no. 13/2011 poor people have the right to propose themselves for aid. These two features are the implementation of the provisions in the law that provide opportunities to get social assistance as long as it fulfills the provisions.

As a mandate from the law, public participation is a choice that must be made in the distribution of social assistance. In addition, because of the large amount of data that must be managed and the strategic role of the data itself, it becomes a reference for various support programs for the poor.

Social Affairs Minister Risma gave serious attention to the accountability aspect of social assistance distribution. In several visits to the area, the Minister of Social Affairs visited residents' homes.

To the beneficiaries, the Minister of Social Affairs directly inspected the suitability between the commodities that had been received and the aid index. Notes from field visits are used as evaluation material.

Now the Ministry of Social Affairs continues to finalize various policies to improve targeting accuracy in the distribution of social assistance. This includes the use of digital technology.

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