We still have to solve the obstacles.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini has informed that the realization of the distribution of social assistance under the national economic recovery program (PEN) has reached 97.98 percent as of Wednesday.

"We will continue to monitor the progress of the distribution. The achievement will certainly increase at the end of the year," she stated at the National Meeting on Human Development and Culture here on Wednesday.

She further said that Rp99.3 trillion has been disbursed out of the budget ceiling of Rp101.4 trillion so far.

The realization of the Family Hope Program (PKH) targeting 10 million beneficiary families (KPM) has reached 98.66 percent, she informed. So far, Rp27 trillion out of the allocated Rp28 trillion has been distributed under the program, the minister said.

However, it must be noted that a budget of Rp378 million has been blocked from the PKH program, Rismaharini added.

In addition, Rp48.05 trillion out of the Rp48.69 trillion allocated for the regular non-cash food assistance (BPNT)/basic commodities card program has been disbursed to 18.8 million beneficiary families, she said.

Furthermore, the region-proposed BPNT/basic commodities card program with a target of 5.9 million beneficiary families has realized 95.14 percent of the allocated budget of Rp7.08 trillion – or equivalent to Rp6.7 trillion, she disclosed.

Meanwhile, Rp17,321 trillion out of the Rp17,322 trillion allocated for social cash assistance (BST) has been disbursed to 10 million beneficiary families, she said.

Meanwhile, 93.62 percent of basic necessities assistance has been provided to people living on less than $1.90 each day under the extreme poverty reduction program, she added.

The transfer of assistance to 79 beneficiary families is still being processed by state-owned banks, comprising BRI, BNI, BTN, and Mandiri (Himbara), the minister disclosed. In addition, 393 beneficiary families are in the process of opening collective accounts, she added.

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Furthermore, assistance for 42,980 beneficiary families could not be processed by banks due to unmatched personal data, she informed. In addition, the applications of 35,452 beneficiary families for opening collective accounts have been rejected, she said.

"We still have to solve the obstacles," Rismaharini added.

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