BANDUNG-President Joko Widodo hands over the non-cash social assistance Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH) in Cilegon, Banten Province. On the occasion, President Joko Widodo again reminded that social assistance funds are not used for purposes outside of education and health.
Also attending the event were Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Public Works and People's Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, and Special Staff of President Joko Widodo for Communication Johan Budi.
"I'm not tired of saying, do not use this social assistance money to buy phone credit and cigarettes, but for education and school needs of children If I find out I will remove the card," said President, in his official statement in Bandung, Friday (6/10 / 2017)
The number of PKH beneficiary families in Cilegon reaches 3,486 families in 2017 and will increase by 1,028 families in 2018. That total reaches 4,514 families. The total social assistance channeled to Cilegon is worth Rp20.6 billion consisting of PKH, Non-Cash Food Assistance, Social Assistance for Disability, Elderly Social Assistance, Social Assistance E Warong, and KUBE UEP Assistance.
Meanwhile, Minister of Social Affairs (Mensos) Khofifah Indar Parawansa ensures preparation for the addition of the number of beneficiary families (KPM) Program Keluarga Harapan almost completed. The first disbursement to 10 million beneficiary families will be implemented in February 2018.
"In the near future there will be a companion recruitment. Insha Allah all supporting infrastructure is ready and in February 10 million beneficiary families can enjoy the social assistance both old and new beneficiary families," she said
Related distribution of Prosperous Family Card (KKS), continued Khofifah, will be done after the process of personalization and activation completed by the channeling bank. The Ministry of Social Affairs targets everything to be completed by the end of 2017.
"The process of printing the card has been completed since last August, especially the activation process will take quite a long time because it must perform matching data one by one," she added.
On the occasion, Khofifah also expressed her optimism towards the decline in poverty rate in Indonesia, which is targeted to be in the range of 9.5 to 10 percent in 2018. According to her, with the government's non-cash mechanism, the poverty reduction affirmation program becomes more targeted and timely.
Based on the results of the National Socioeconomic Survey (Susenas), PKH is the most effective program in reducing poverty and gini ratio. The numbers are very high compared to the second and third rank of other programs namely Indonesia Pintar Program and electricity subsidies.
"I think this fact needs to be appreciated because the transition from cash to non cash has an impact that can not be considered trivial, namely the increase of Indonesia's financial inclusion ratio targeted to 75 percent by 2019," he concluded. (MAT)