VP seeks consolidation of data on pandemic-induced extreme poverty

VP seeks consolidation of data on pandemic-induced extreme poverty

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin's Spokesperson Masduki Baidlowi at the Vice President's office, Jakarta. (ANTARA/HO-Asdep KIP Setwapres/rst)

The vice president has sought actual data consolidation and updating
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has urged ministers, heads of institutions, and regional heads to consolidate data on the extremely poor as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according Masduki Baidlowi.

"The vice president has sought actual data consolidation and updating. This is since a lot of data (on poverty) still needs to be consolidated and updated," Baidlowi , the Vice President;s spokesman, stated here on Friday.

He acknowledged updates to the data on the poor during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the new spikes in poverty.

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"Now, due to the pandemic, there are also many people reeling from poverty and those whose husbands or wives die will become poor and especially children, as there are also more orphans. Now, this data must be consolidated," he explained.

In particular, the vice president urged Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini to streamline the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS) that targets households with extreme poor conditions.

"The vice president urged the minister of social affairs to complete what is called the DTKS, a compilation of data on poor households," Baidlowi remarked.

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Earlier, at the plenary meeting of the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), led by the vice president virtually on August 25, Amin highlighted the government's efforts to reduce extreme poverty to zero percent in 2024.

In comparison, the global target is to reduce extreme poverty by 2030 based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"Reducing extreme poverty to zero percent is in line with the SDGs that contain a global commitment to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. However, the president has assigned us all to complete it six years earlier, by the end of 2024," Amin affirmed.

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