New IDR 6 million cash aids for toddlers and pregnant mothers

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The Hopeful Family Program (Program Keluarga Harapan – “PKH”) has a target of 10 million families of toddlers and pregnant mothers, and a budget of IDR 28.7 trillion. (Photo: Rayi Gigih)

IO- The Government continues from the previous year’s Direct Cash Aid (Bantuan Langsung Tunai – “BLT”) program through the Ministry of Social Affairs on January 2021. Now, toddlers and pregnant mothers also count as new beneficiaries totaling IDR 6 million in the Ministry’s Hopeful Family Program (Program Family Harapan – “PKH”). BLT for pregnant mothers is IDR 3 million, and BLT for toddlers 0-6 years old is also IDR 3 million. The aid is distributed in four phases in a year, disbursed in January, April, July, and October. Beneficiaries can pick up their funds at State-Owned Banks appointed by the Government, including BRI, Bank Mandiri, BNI, and BTN.

Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini requests the assistance of the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – “KPK”) to help with BLT distribution. To be specific, she asks for help in correcting and reorganizing the Social Welfare Integrated Data (Data Terpadu Kesejahteraan Sosial – “DTKS”) as the basis for social aid distribution. “Honestly, I will continue my correspondence with KPK in the future. Later, I will also correspond with the General Attorney’s Office, the National Police Headquarters, and the University of Indonesia in relation with their assistance to our process of resolving all existing problems,” Minister Risma stated after her meeting with three top brass from the KPK, Alexander Marwata, Nurul Ghufron, and Nawawi Pomolango; the KPK Deputy for Preventive Measures, Pahala Nainggolan; and members of the Preventive Measures Division at the KPK Building, Jakarta, on Monday 11 January 2021.

On 4 January 2021, President Joko Widodo launched three social aid programs whose budgets are managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs: The PKH, the Nine Basic Necessity (Sembilan Bahan Pokok – “Sembako”) Program, and the BST Program. The budgets allocated by the Ministry for these programs in 2021 are: IDR 28.7 trillion for PKH with target 10 million families, IDR

45.12 trillion for the Sembako Card program target number of beneficiaries 18.8 million families, and IDR 12 trillion for the BST program with target IDR number of beneficiaries 10 million families. These funds are to be distributed to beneficiaries in 34 provinces throughout Indonesia.

In 2021, the aid for PKH beneficiaries will be distributed through the Association of State-Owned Banks (Himpunan Bank Milik Negara – “Himbara”) network. BLT aid distribution will be performed by PT Pos Indonesia, which will deliver the aid in cash to the residence of each family. Citizens who satisfy the criteria for being beneficiaries of the IDR 6 million cash aid include toddlers

and pregnant mothers, school children, disabled citizens, and elderly citizens. “Other than requesting their signatures, we also request the photo of beneficiaries. If we only ask for their signatures, we are afraid that we cannot connect them to the demographic database. We ask for both in order to connect beneficiary data to demographic database and ensure that the right people receive the aid,” Risma said.

The administrative prerequisite for liquidating the toddler and pregnant mother BLT is obtainment of Social Protection Card (Kartu Perlindungan Sosial – “KPS”). If the candidate beneficiaries do not have KPS, they must apply to their local Head of Neighborhood Association (Rukun Tetangga – “RT”). The Head of RT then follows up the application to their Heads of Community Association (Rukun Warga – “RW”), then the Head of the Sub-District. If the applicants are deemed to be worthy of aid, the local Village Headman or Head of the Sub-District will submit a report to the District’s Social Workers. After they complete the procedures, they will be able to receive the required PKH card and receive their allotment according to Government regulations.

Another requirement after the aid is received is to perform four health checks in specified health facilities during the pregnancy: Once when the pregnancy is 0-3 months long, once when the pregnancy is 4-6 months long, and twice when the pregnancy is 7-9 months long. Pregnant mothers will be given vitamin supplements after their checks in order to maintain their health and the health of the babies in their wombs. And finally, beneficiary mothers must give birth in the same facility that they check themselves in.(dan)