The Indonesian Government has no plan to extend disbursal of cash transfer fund (BST) that has been a crucial instrument to revive the economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic after its expires in April 2021, Social Affairs Ministry stated.
“We have no budget for that,” Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini stated at the 19th anniversary of the Disaster Preparedness Team (Tagana) in Pangandaran, West Java, on Wednesday.
Moreover, Rismaharini remarked that since the country had enforced micro-scale social restrictions, people could slowly return to their normal activities that would further aid in reviving the economy.
“People in need of help can apply to us, and we will deliver the aid as non-cash food aid (BPNT),” Rismaharini noted, adding that the BPNT package was worth Rp200 thousand.
An advisor of the Social Affairs Minister for Social Accessibility Sonny W. Manalu earlier noted that the ministry had only prepared cash transfer fund until April 2021.
Since early 2021, the ministry has disbursed Rp12 trillion per month to 10 million beneficiary families, with each expected to receive Rp300 thousand through the state-run postal service company PT Pos Indonesia.
Source: Antara News