VP asks Maluku to focus poverty alleviation programs on five districts

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has asked the Maluku provincial government to focus programs on eradicating extreme poverty in five priority districts without delay.

“Our biggest challenge is how to ensure the entire program can be accepted by the extremely poor households,” Amin said.

Hence, program convergence must be done immediately, he was quoted as saying in a release issued by the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Vice Presidential Secretariat (BPMI) here on Wednesday. .

This will serve to ensure that all extreme poverty resolution programs are focused on the same locus, both in the matters of the region and the target of beneficiary communities (KPM), he added.

“This is an effort to guarantee that all extreme poverty solving programs, starting from the planning stage, budget allocation determination, target setting, and the implementation are focused at the same point,” Amin affirmed.

Maluku is one of seven provinces where five priority districts have been identified for poverty elimination.

The seven provinces are West Java, Central Java, East Java, Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua, and West Papua. Overall, there are 35 districts where extreme poverty rates must reach zero percent by the end of 2021, Amin noted.


Meanwhile, the five districts in Maluku Province that have been prioritized for poverty eradication by this year-end are Maluku Tengah, Maluku Barat Daya, Maluku Tenggara, Western Maluku Tenggara, and Eastern Seram.


Guaranteeing KPM and focusing programs in the districts will be the biggest challenges to poverty elimination efforts, Amin said.


Therefore, he advised local governments to continue taking an active role by innovating and ensuring the success of programs to accelerate the eradication of extreme poverty, while sustaining the focus of central government programs.


To bring down extreme poverty to zero percent, the government has conceived a plan for disbursing social benefits and an empowerment program for priority districts to boost residents’ livelihood and economy, the Vice President informed earlier.


For this year’s poverty eradication program, the government is planning to offer social benefits to the priority regions, while the empowerment program would follow in early 2022, according to Amin.


Source: Antara News

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