Poverty Alleviation Budget Reaches 500 Trillion, Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Gives Clarification

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta Minister for Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform or Menpan RB Abdullah Azwar Anas stated that many poverty alleviation programs in ministries or institutions have had no impact.

This was revealed by Anas in a socialization event at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, quoted via his YouTube account, Saturday, January 28, 2023.

According to Anas, the program, which cost nearly 500 trillion rupiah, is not inline or aligned with priority targets.

As for the poverty alleviation program, it has no impact and only spends a large amount of budget at the end of the year, what Anas means is a program of poverty alleviation meetings in hotels and is only limited to comparative studies without a clear policy.

Anas’ statement then drew protests from several organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Therefore, Anas provided clarification regarding his statement.

1. Not all budgets are used for meetings

Anas explained that not all of the 500 trillion budget intended was only used for meetings and comparative studies.

“So it’s like this, after we sort it out, there are a number of agencies, especially in a number of regions, whose poverty programs have not fully had an optimal impact. For example, there is a comparative study on poverty, there has been repeated dissemination of poverty programs in hotels. In fact, it does exist, but not approximately Rp. 500 trillion was spent on comparative studies and meetings,” said Anas as quoted from the Kemenpan-RB website, Sunday, January 29, 2023.

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