Spokesman: President stressed that social assistance targets be met

Spokesman: President stressed that social assistance targets be met

Presidential Spokesperson, Fadjroel Rachman. (ANTARA/Bayu Prasetyo/aa)

President Joko Widodo always stressed that the distribution of social assistance is right on target
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential Spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman stated that President Joko Widodo has always emphasized to his staff that they must work to ensure that the distribution of social assistance continues to meet earlier targets, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In every Limited Meeting, President Joko Widodo always stressed that the distribution of social assistance is right on target," he said, in a statement received here on Monday.

The Spokesman's statement was made in response to survey results released by the Indonesian Political Indicator, which showed 60.3 percent of respondents believed that the distribution of social assistance was not on target.

Aside from the President's emphasis, he continued, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy and Social Minister Juliari Batubara have worked in the field, in order to ensure that the social assistance was distributed to targeted groups.

"The Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture, and the Social Minister, always come down to the field to solve data problems and offer flexibility to neighborhood leaders, villages and regions to solve problems in the field," he explained.

The ministers' activities in the field also serve as part of the improvement of the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS).

In several Limited Meetings discussing social assistance, President Joko Widodo has often had his staff evaluate the distribution of social assistance, in order to ensure that targets are being met.

Ministers have also submitted programs and policies to support the distribution of assistance, however, there had been information and news that circulated, reporting that social aid distribution was not on target.

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