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The government is preparing a variety of social assistance (social assistance) for residents affected by the corona pandemic. However, the Institute for the Development of Economy and Finance (Indef) believes that this assistance is not enough to help the poor survive.

The government provides Rp 600,000 groceries per month for three months to residents of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek). Then, direct cash aid (BLT) to 9 million families outside Jabodetabek.

Then social assistance to around 10 million families worth Rs 600,000 a month for three months. Cash-intensive programs, Polri security and pre-employment cards.

“Aid (that’s all) is not enough and the existing aid scheme must be completely overhauled,” said researcher Indef Bhima Yudhistira. Katadata.co.id, Sunday (12/4).

(Read: Jokowi distributes 400 packets of food to Ojol drivers by the roadside)

Because, according to data from the Ministry of Manpower (Kemenaker), 1.5 million people have lost their jobs due to the epidemic of corona virus. “The layoff victim (PHK) needs money because the company still needs a process to pay severance pay,” said Bhima.

However, of the 1.5 million people who lost their jobs, only 10% were laid off. While 90% of them have been dismissed by their respective companies.

Despite this, Bhima believes the government should provide “name by address” assistance. Not by encouraging layoffs to participate in training and then earn money, such as a pre-employment card program.

“In addition, the amount of aid is small, much lower than that of Malaysia, for example. Since the Internet is subsidized to help workers affected by the crown,” said Bhima.

(Read: Business sector plagued by layoffs, government launches April 11 job card)

The government is expected to provide a stimulus of Rs.1 trillion to residents affected by the corona pandemic. “Because there are 115 million people who are vulnerable to poverty. Not only cover the lower classes, while the middle class is almost poor missed and complicated by training online “, he said.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the assistance provided by the government was varied. Ranging from social assistance, the Family Hope Program (PKH), food packages, work cards, as well as free and discounted electricity rates.

“This week the government has decided on a number of new welfare policies,” Jokowi said Thursday at the Meredeka Palace in Jakarta (9/4). (Read: Jokowi offers citizens to deal with Corona with social assistance from many institutions)

The budget for providing basic food aid to Jakarta is 2.2 trillion rupees. Meanwhile, for Bodetabek, it is allocated 1 trillion rupees. “The distribution of social assistance, especially in Jabodetabek, prevents residents from returning home,” said Jokowi.

The government will also provide BLT to 9 million families outside Jabodetabek. The condition is that they do not accept any other social assistance provided by the government.

The amount of Rp. 600,000 per month is given for three months. The total budget prepared is IDR 16.2 trillion.

In addition, the government has allocated part of the village funds for social assistance to around 10 million families. The value is Rp 600,000 per month, given for three months. The total budget is Rp 21 trillion.

(Read: Registration of work card delayed the day after tomorrow, quota 164 thousand / week)

Then, cash-intensive programs worth 16.9 trillion rupees. Within the Ministry of Villages of Less Favored Regions and Transmigration (Kemendes PDTT), the money-intensive programs will target 59,000 workers.

Within the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), cash-intensive programs target 530,000 workers. “There are some in other ministries, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Ministry of Transport,” said Jokowi.

In addition, the Indonesian National Police will also conduct a security program, with a total budget of 360 billion rupees. According to him, the security program is like a pre-work card that combines social assistance and training.

The National Police security program targets 197,000 taxi drivers, bus and truck drivers, and kernet. “Participants in the program will receive an incentive of 600,000 rupees a month for three months,” he said.

(Read: Government Doubles PKH Assistance For 3 Months Due To Pandemic)

Journalist: Cindy Mutia Annur

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