Minister: “98% of villages have received Direct Cash Aid”

Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar states that a total of 74,877 villages has received Village Funds. This is equal to 99% of the 74,953 villages in Indonesia. Meanwhile, “73,178 villages, or 98%, have received Village Fund Direct Cash Aid (Bantuan Langsung Tunai – “BLT”). Alhamdulillah, Praised Be Allah,” Abdul Halim said in a press conference for the distribution of Village Fund BLT held on Tuesday (21/07/2020). 

74,807 villages have listed candidates for Village Fund BLT Beneficiary Families (Keluarga Penerima Manfaat – “KPM”). 73,178 have determined Village Fund BLT KPMs and distributed aid. A total of 7,828,087 KPMs in the villages have received their share of Village Fund BLT, with 2,426,707 being families headed by women (perempuan kepala keluarga – “PEKKA”). 

The total of funds distributed for the first phase Village Fund BLT was IDR 4.69 trillion. Another 64,515 villages have distributed the second batch of the first phase Village Fund BLT to a total of 6,757,859 KPMs, at IDR 4.05 trillion. A total of 35,857 villages have distributed the third batch of the first phase Village Fund BLT to 3,453,286 KPMs at IDR 2.07 trillion. 645 villages have distributed the first batch of second phase Village Fund BLT to 58,494 KPMs at IDR 17.55 billion. The grand total of Village Funds distributed so far, which includes batches 1-3 phase 1 and batch 1 of phase 2 Village Fund BLT, is IDR 10.83 trillion. “We have received reports that some villages have already distributed their fourth month’s portion, or are already in the second phase. The amount being distributed is IDR 300,000.00 per month per KPM,” Abdul Halim said. 

He further stated that it is impossible to get 100% Village Fund BLT distribution due to different factors in each village. “Some villages really do not use the Village Fund for BLT. Why not? Because after reviewing their data, the residents do not need it. Therefore, we should be proud and happy that the residents of these villages are all wealthy enough. For example, some villages in Malang refuse to use Village Fund for BLT, because the rich take care of the poor there. They have such an amazing brotherhood,” Abdul Halim said. 

Furthermore, 52 villages are still being blockaded by the Ministry of Home Affairs and need to be verified. Therefore, they cannot receive Village Funds. For example, the status of Konawe village is still unverified. Furthermore, geographical obstacles mean that Village Fund BLT cannot be distributed accordingly. Four regencies in Papua and one regency in the East Nusa Tenggara have never received BLT. “We are faced with great geographical obstacles in these cases. It takes a lot of time and money to deliver the funds to the village. If we need to do this every month, imagine the amount of money required to fund this. Ironically, these villages cannot afford to pick up their own aid money,” he said. (dan)