Jakarta (ANTARA) - Member of Commission VII of the House of Representatives (DPR) Nasyirul Falah Amru stated that the conversion to induction stoves in Indonesia is still in the trial and dissemination stage.

"This trial aims to find how effective the use of electric (induction) stoves is as compared to LPG (stoves) and whether it is better to reduce gas imports or not," he noted in a statement received here on Saturday.

Currently, the government will provide free induction stove packages to 300 thousand Indonesians recorded in the Social Welfare Integrated Data and having electricity access.

The legislator noted that if the use of induction stoves can reduce imports, then it can bring positive impacts to the community.

He also stated that conversion to induction stoves would not place additional burden on the community, as induction stoves are subsidized by the government.

Amru noted that free Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB) devices would be provided to induction stove recipients, who are 450-900 VA electricity subscribers.

"I reiterate that the use of electric stoves is still in the trial and dissemination stage. There is no intensive discussion yet," he stressed.

Earlier, the Indonesian government had made assurance that a program to replace 3-kg LPG stoves with induction stoves will not be implemented in 2022.

"I can say that the government has not made a decision regarding the 3-kg LPG stoves conversion program to induction stoves," Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated at a press conference on the conversion program followed online here on Friday.

The government has continued to monitor and be appreciative of inputs from the public, including news in the media, and has observed conditions on the field related to the conversion program first-hand, he added.

So far, the budget for the LPG-to-induction stove conversion program has not been discussed with the DPR and has not been approved, Hartarto remarked.

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