Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chief People`s Welfare Minister Agung Laksono said the government had set itself the target of having the Social Insurance Management Agency Bill (RUU BPJS) enacted into law this year.

"The government`s target is to pass into low the bill as soon as possible, if possible this year," the minister said after chairing a meeting at his office here on Wednesday.

The meeting was also attended by Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Representatives of the Finance Ministry.

Agung said that a number of crucial problems in the bill had been settled. "Now the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have shared the some view over the RUU BPJS," he said.

He said that the government was also taking stocks of a number of new problems emerging with regard to the draft bill. "The government in the near future will take the new problems to the DPR," Agung said.

He said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had assigned eight ministries to team up in the formulation of new problems with regard to the bill.

Workers early last month took to street to observe the international labor day and to demand for the enactment of bill into law.

Demonstrators urged the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) to pass into law the long-waited Social Insurance Management Agency Bill (RUU BPJS).

"We call on the government to endorse the bill this year so that the Social Insurance Management Agency can also be established this year," President of the Confederation of the Indonesian Prosperous Labor Union (KSBSI), Mudhofir said.

Workers need the enactment of the RUU BPJS as a legal instrument to implement five insurance programs stipulated in Law No. 40 / 2004. The five social insurance programs contained in the law are national health insurance, old age insurance, occupational accident insurance, life insurance and pensioner insurance.(*)


Editor: Jafar M Sidik
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