President Jokowi in West Sumatera to Distribute KIP, PKH
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Thursday (8/2) distributed the Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), Aspiring Family Program (PKH), and Rice for Prosperity Food Subsidy (Rastra) at Tuanku Tabiang Sport Hall, Batu Kupang, Koto Baru, Solok Regency, West Sumatra Province.
As for PKH, I think I need to remind you to only use the money for child nutrition purposes; for instance to buy eggs, fish, or vegetables, the President said, adding that the money should also be used for school necessities such as books, shoes, bags, and uniforms.
President Jokowi added that KIP holders for primary school students will receive Rp450,000, Rp 750,000 and Rp 1,000,000 for middle school and high school students respectively.
We should be grateful that the Government distributes KIP so that all children can enjoy education. Once the Government has more budget, the amount of PKH and KIP will be increased. Please pray for it, the President added.
President Jokowi also reminded that the card will be revoked if it is used for phone credit and the cards holders must use the money according to mutual agreement.
Students, do use the money to buy school necessities, and for mothers, do use the money for your children’s education and meet child nutrition needs, the President firmly said.
Also on that occasion, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said that Smart Indonesia Program (PIP) in West Sumatra Province is given to 471,498 students with the total budget of Rp238,790,225,000. In 2017, the program covers 34,103 students in Solok Regency with the total budget of Rp6,402,350,000.
As many as 1,173 Smart Indonesia Card holders attend this event consisting of 384 elementary students, 384 middle school students, 192 high school students, 192 vocational school students, and 21 equivalency education students, the Minister added.
Muhadjir also said that the number of PKH recipients has increased from 6 million households to 10 million households in 2018.
The aid funds that have been disbursed on the first distribution batch in February reach Rp4,574,525,500. The program covers 1,955,623 households in West Sumatra Province, and 17,096 households in Solok Regency alone, the Minister stated.
According to the Minister, 1,500 recipients of PKH who come from 4 sub-districts in Solok Regency attended this event.
Todays distribution in Solok Regency is the first batch of that in 2018 and will be followed by simultaneous distribution in all regions expected to be completed by the end of February, Muhadjir explained.
As for the Rastra, the number of recipients in West Sumatra Province reaches 220,991 households, while the number of recipients of non-cash food aid – which is the transformation of Rastra – reaches 68,057 households.
Rastra aid has been distributed to 20,545 households in Solok Regency. Todays distribution is the second batch of that in 2018, the Minister added.
On that occasion, President Jokowi also symbolically handed over KIP, PKH, and Rastra aid to 12 representatives of local residents.
Also accompanying President Jokowi in the event were Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Social Affairs Idrus Marham, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Archandra Tahar, Governor of West Sumatra Irwan Prayitno, and Regent of Solok Gusmal. (DNA/GUN/EN) (RAS/MUR/EP/Naster)