Poverty remains high, minister says

Poverty remains high, minister says

Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri. (FOTO ANTARA/Reno Esnir)

Karanganyar, C Java (ANTARA News) - Poverty remains high in the country and therefore it needs serious handling, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said in Karanganyar, Central Java on Monday.

Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) in March 2011 indicated that there were 30.03 million people living in poverty in the country, while in September 2011 the number had dropped to 29.89 million, representing 12.36 percent of the population.

Therefore, the social affairs minister said the poverty eradication efforts by the Ministry of Social Affairs would be directed at increasing the productivity of poor families through the Productive Economic Business (UEP) program.

Salim was on a working visit to Karanganyar district to distribute aid valued at Rp2.8 billion for the productive economic business program in the district.

He said such a program was implemented through the Social Empowerment Approach in Joint Business Group (KUBE) because the goal of this program would assist poor families to become more productive.

Meanwhile, Karanganyar district head Rina Iriani said the Rp2.8 billion in aid from the social affairs minister would be used to reduce the amount of poverty in the district.