Garut, W. Java (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo made an impromptu visit to a village in Cibatu, Garut District, to ensure the realization of a program on free power installation for poor people.

The president, commonly known as Jokowi, switched on the power in four houses located in a narrow alley near a mosque here on Friday, Jan 18.

A synergy of 34 state-run firms is running the program to provide free power installation for 100,970 poor households in West Java.

"In West Java, we have finalized the installation in 100,970 households," the President said, adding that a similar program has been conducted in other regions.

"It began in West Java. Three months ago, we started the program in Bogor District, Bogor Municipality, Banten Province, and we will continue it. The problem for poor households (to get electricity) is the high fee for installation at Rp1 million each," Jokowi said.

The program is expected to help poor families enjoy electricity.

"They will pay a monthly fee, some Rp20 thousand to Rp30 thousand per month," he added.

Previously, Minister of State Enterprises Rini Soemarno said the free power installation program for poor families was aimed at boosting West Java`s economy.

The program is being run in Bogor, Bandung, Tasikmalaya, Pangandaran, Cianjur and Sukabumi, targeting 130,248 households.

According to data from the National Team on Acceleration of Poverty Eradication (TNP2K), more than 235 thousand poor families in West Java are yet to enjoy electricity.

The program will continue, targeting more poor families in other districts in West Java.

Reporting by Hanni Sofia
Editing by Suharto

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