NTT needs more accurate data for extreme poverty reduction: Amin

NTT needs more accurate data for extreme poverty reduction: Amin

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin chairs the extreme poverty handling coordination meeting in Kupang city, East Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday (Oct 17, 2021).  (ANTARA/HO-Vice President's Secretariat/uyu)

I urge all stakeholders to continue improving the data
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has urged the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) government to update data on the extremely poor in the province for the implementation of the extreme poverty reduction program from 2022 to 2024.

"I urge all stakeholders to continue improving the data. Thus, we can use more accurate data for the implementation of our programs in 2022 to 2024," he said in a statement received from the press, media, and information bureau of the Vice President's Secretariat here on Monday.

The government is targeting zero percent extreme poverty in the nation by the end of 2024 and is seeking to lift 20 percent of the poor out of extreme poverty in 2021, 35 percent in 2022 and 2023 each, and the rest in 2024, he informed.

According to the Statistics Indonesia (BPS), currently, 10.86 million Indonesian people – or about 4 percent of the total population – live in extreme poverty, which has been defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 (Rp27,709.60) per person per day.

Hence, the Vice President said, the government is targeting zero-percent extreme poverty in East Sumba, South Timor Tengah, Rote Ndao, Central Sumba, and East Manggarai Districts this year.

There are 212,672 people out of a total of 89,410 households living in extreme poverty in the five districts, he noted.

Amin also asked the provincial government to update the Social Affairs Ministry’s Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS), which has served as the basis for the provision of additional assistance to people in 2021.

"We use the DTKS as the basic to disburse the Essential Necessities Program. Meanwhile, the Village Cash Transfer Program will be distributed according to the list made by the Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Ministry," he informed.

Commenting on the existing data, Vice President Amin said that it was not perfect. However, while it is being improved, the government will still use the current data to realize the target of the extreme poverty reduction program in 2021, he added.

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