Target families can receive assistance until December 2: minister

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chief People`s Welfare Minister Agung Laksono said poor families should not worry if they were not yet able to receive assistance based on schedule because the temporary direct assistance would be provided until December 2, 2013.

"There is no need for them to worry about the temporary direct assistance (BLSM) if they fail to receive it based on schedule. It could still be distributed until December 2, 2013," Agung said at the Coordinating Minister`s Office here on Saturday following the official announcement by the government of subsidized fuel price hike on Friday night.

Based on the results of the Cabinet Ministers` plenary meeting chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday (June 20), the government will in the first phase distribute the BLSM on June 22 and 24 to recipients amounting to Rp300,000 for each target family in 15 cities across the country.

The payment of the BLSM in the second phase will be carried out in September. The government has set aside Rp9.3 trillion in BLSM for 15.5 million target families to help them alleviate the impact of subsidized fuel oil price hike announced by the government on Friday night.