Distribution of Non-Cash Food Assistance Reaches 10.5 Million Recipients in March This Year

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 28 Maret 2021
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The National Cash Assistance Programs for 2021, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Monday (4/1). (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat/Jay)

As of March 2021, Ministry of Social Affairs has distributed Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT) to 4,502,451 beneficiary families on 22 March and 5,993,734 beneficiary families on 25 March.

The Ministry is expected to distribute the next phase of assistance on 29 March targeting 4 million beneficiary families and 3 million beneficiary families on 30 March.

“The total accumulated distribution will reach 17,496,185 recipients, including the accelerated distribution for April,” the Ministry’s Director-General of Poverty Management Asep Sasa Purnama said, quoted from the website of Ministry of Social Affairs, Sunday (28/3).

For the record, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched three cash assistance programs on 4 January, namely Non-cash Food Assistance Program (BPNT) targeting 18.8 million recipients, Family Hope Program (PKH) with 10 million recipients, and Cash Subsidy Assistance (BST) with 10 million recipients. The Ministry has distributed and will constantly distribute the assistance.

The social assistance will be provided to recipients with citizenship identification numbers (NIK) equivalent to the data of the Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration of Ministry of Home Affairs in accordance with the mandate of Presidential Regulation Number 39 of 2019 on One Data Indonesia.

As conveyed by Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini after attending a Limited Meeting on the Acceleration of Social Assistance Distribution, Asep added, the Government continues to evaluate, improve, and synchronize the data related to social assistance. The measures will be finalized immediately to accelerate the distribution of social assistance provided to the communities.

The social assistance acceleration is supported by Ministry of Home Affairs and regional governments, including provincial governments and regency/city administrations.

“Provincial governments and regency/city administrations have improved the data and accelerated the NIK matching process,” Asep said.

As of March this year, it is recorded around 11.75 million data from 509 regencies / cities have been improved and matched. Data matching is expected to improve program targeting accuracy and avoid errors in the distribution of assistance.

In addition, Ministry of Social Affairs will also strive to expand the assistance coverage while improving data quality.

“We would like to thank Ministry of Home Affairs and provincial governments as well as regency / city administrations for being supportive in the acceleration of data improvement so that the implementation of the Social Protection Program can be even better,” Asep said. (PR of Ministry of Social Affairs/UN) (RIF/MUR)

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