The disbursement of social assistance will cover scheduled programs such as the Family Hope Program and subsidized rice for the poor as well as funding for villages.
The earlier-than-scheduled disbursement is aimed at enabling the people to withstand the challenge the global economy poses, she said.
Also, the disbursement is in anticipation of a rise in prices following the increase in cigarette excise and Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS) fees effective from January 1, 2020, she said.
Earlier, the government decided to raise cigarette excise by 23 percent and cigarette retail prices by 35 percent.
The government has taken the decision from the standpoint of the industry, labor and the agricultural sector, the minister said.
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