5 Government Assistance for “Little People” During the Pandemic Page all

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The government has poured trillions of rupiah into social safety net programs during the pandemic corona virus. Aid is expected to reduce the burden on the community whose economy is affected Covid-19.

Government assistance which in the form of direct cash assistance ( BLT) during a pandemic is considered to be able to mitigate worsening economic conditions. Economic growth which was minus 4.19 percent in the last quarter could be recovered by increasing household spending.

Here are 5 government assistance programs for ” minority“initiated by the government since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic:

1. Help subsidized salary of IDR 600,000

BPJS Ketenagakerjaan salary subsidies for private employees with salaries below IDR 5 million will begin to be disbursed on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Also read: Subsidized Salary of IDR 600,000 for Liquid Employment BPJS Starting Tomorrow

The government has prepared a budget of Rp. 37.7 trillion for the salary subsidy assistance program. Recipients of this salary subsidy will receive assistance of IDR 600,000 per month for 4 months. The payment is made in 2 stages or IDR 1.2 million per distribution.

In addition to the salary requirement of under Rp. 5 million, private employees who receive 600,000 assistance from the government must be registered as active participants of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan.

Until now, the government has pocketed around 12 million accounts of prospective recipients of BPJS Employment salary subsidy assistance ( government assistance salary below 5 million).

The provision of BLT BPJS Ketenagakerjaan will be distributed gradually. The government also asked employers to be proactive in submitting data on the account numbers of beneficiary employees.

Also read: Rp. 2.4 Million MSME Assistance Distributed Tomorrow

2. BLT UMKM Rp. 2.4 million

The government will help MSME entrepreneurs through a grant or direct cash assistance (BLT) program. The scheme is MSME assistance disbursement of Rp 2.4 million, which is transferred through an account.

This government assistance aims to help small business players from the negative effects of the corona virus pandemic. A total of 12 million MSMEs will receive this assistance.

The distribution of UMKM assistance amounting to Rp 2.4 million will begin to be distributed on August 24, 2020. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will symbolically distribute BLT UMKM funds of Rp 2.4 million to 12 million micro business actors.

In phase I, around 742,422 total MSME actors were provided with these grants. The grants are disbursed through the accounts of the respective micro business actors. Meanwhile, for phase II, he said, it was in the processing stage (assistance of 2.4 million).

Also read: IDR 2.4 Million BLT UMKM Launched This Afternoon, Here Are the Requirements to Get It

3. Pre-employment Card

The government released the Pre-employment Card to help those affected by the pandemic, especially employees who were laid off and unemployed. Participants of this program will receive incentive assistance for job training of Rp. 1 million per month.

The government provides funds of IDR 3,550,000 for participants who qualify as recipients of the 2020 Pre-Employment Card. Specifically, IDR 1,000,000 is used to pay for online training for the Pre-Employment Card.

Then the rest is for incentives. The incentive for the Pre-Work Card consists of two parts, namely the incentive for post-completion of the first training of IDR 600,000 per month for 4 months (IDR 2,400,000).

Then the post-filling incentive for evaluation survey is IDR 50,000 per survey for 3 surveys (IDR 150,000). Participants can take the next training if they have completed the first training.

Also read: Continue with Social Assistance to Pre-Work, Jokowi Allocates IDR 419.3 Trillion

Then the post-filling incentive for evaluation survey is IDR 50,000 per survey for 3 surveys (IDR 150,000). Participants can take the next training if they have completed the first training.

4. Free electricity

The government provides incentives for electricity rates for customers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Reduction of electricity bills includes bill exemption, electricity discount, elimination of minimum fees, and elimination of subscription.

In addition to expanding the reach of customers, the period for providing incentives is extended until December 2020. The total budget for the electricity tariff incentive program is around Rp. 15.39 trillion for 33.6 million customers of PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (Persero).

Customers who get subsidized electricity are those who are in the low-income category, namely customers of 450 VA and subsidized 900 VA. Electricity bill relief was then extended to MSME businesses, namely 900 VA for business and 900 VA for industry. Initially, free electricity valid for 3 months, but then extended until the end of the year.

Also read: The Free Electricity Program is extended to December 2020

4. Social assistance

The government through the Ministry of Social Affairs (Kemensos) will again distribute social assistance (bansos) in the form of rice and cash. This assistance is targeting 19 million beneficiary families (KPM) affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

There were 10 million KPM who received it, while cash assistance was distributed to 9 million participants of the Basic Food Program (BPNT) who did not receive the Family Hope Program (PKH).

For the social assistance, rice is distributed as much as 15 kilograms of rice per month per KPM for three months. Then for social assistance, one-time cash payment is IDR 500,000 per KPM

State-owned banks that are members of the Association of State-Owned Banks (Himbara) also distribute cash assistance to KPM who already have a Prosperous Family Card (KKS). In addition, distribution is also carried out through the post office.

Also read: Procedures for Disbursement of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan Salary Subsidies of IDR 600,000

(Source: KOMPAS.com/Mutia Fauzia, Akhdi Martin Pratama, Elsa Catharina, Yohana Uli Atrha, Ade Miranti, Rully R. Ramli, Fika Nurul Ulya | Editor: Erlangga Djumena, Bambang P. Jatmiko, Yoga Sukmana, Sakinah Rakhma Setiawan)

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