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15.6 million beneficiary families will receive PKH by 2020, Minister of Social Affairs: There is no politicization

ILLUSTRATION. Coordinating Minister for PMK Puan Maharani talks with Social Minister Agus Gumiwang

Reporter: Sinar Putri S.Utami | Editor: Herlina Kartika

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, admitted that he is currently drafting regulations to pursue the government’s target so that 15.6 million poor families are included in the family hope program (PKH).

“God willing, all poor families in 2020 (15.6 million) have entered PKH, the regulations are being drafted and the data is also being re-validated,” he explained when met at the Presidential Palace Complex, Thursday (13/12).

According to him, the figure of 15.6 million KPM is the poverty rate in Indonesia. This data is also used in the Rastra program and non-cash food assistance (BPNT).

So that in the future, Puan said, families who received BPNT would also receive PKH. “We have equalized the number of beneficiary families (KPM),” he added.

Minister of Social Affairs Agus Gumiwang added that the government hopes that social assistance programs under the Ministry of Social Affairs will work together well.

For BPNT, it is targeted that 15.6 million KPM can be fully implemented next year from the current 10 million KPM. Meanwhile for PKH in 2019 the number of recipients is still the same as this year, namely as many as 10 million KPM.

“15.6 million, this is the lowest structure of Indonesian society, we will pair PKH and BPNT programs. So BPNT recipients also receive PKH,” he said.

It is this effort, continued Agus, that can be effective not only in reducing but also accelerating the reduction of poverty in the country.

Agus emphasized that the PKH program is a long-term investment to create strong human resources (HR). This is also in line with the government’s goal of starting to focus on developing human resources on a large scale.

“This is not us about social assistance, budget absorption. No, there is a medium-term, long-term mission,” he said.

He also denied that the 2020 target was President Jokowi’s political promise for the 2019 presidential election.

According to him, things that are very common for the 2020 program have been discussed at the end of this year. “Now we are now starting to discuss 2020. Now the government in January has started discussing the 2020 budget,” said Agus.

“So it is normal for this government, not only Pak Jokowi, to have a cycle. There is no politics,” he concluded.

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