The budget for Social Assistance for Heru Budi Hartono is IDR 10 trillion, 2 times that of Anies Baswedan

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – DKI Jakarta Provincial Government has allocated a budget of IDR 10 trillion for social assistance (bansos) as a form of anticipating the potential impact of an economic recession in 2023. “For programs related to food security,” said the Acting Governor of DKI Heru Budi Hartono after attending the plenary meeting for the ratification of the 2023 RAPBD to become a regional regulation at the DKI Jakarta DPRD building, Tuesday, November 29, 2022, as quoted from Between.

The Provincial Government of DKI allocates the budget for a number of social assistance programs including distribution of cheap food, cheap food subsidies and the Jakarta Smart Card.

Then, the Jakarta Elderly Card, assistance for persons with disabilities or the Jakarta Disabled Card (KPDJ), Jakarta Children’s Card (KAJ), school operational assistance, to encourage better quality education in Jakarta.

In addition, Implementation Operational Assistance (BOP) for students at all levels, as well as distribution of assistance in the fields of health, labor, tourism.

The program to deal with the impact of the economic recession in 2023 is one of three priorities besides tackling floods and traffic jams. Meanwhile, the newly ratified 2023 DKI Jakarta APBD reaches IDR 83.78 trillion. This amount is greater than the 2022 APBD of IDR 82.47 trillion.

The details of the allocation in the 2023 APBD are Regional Revenues of Rp. 74.38 trillion and Financing Receipts of Rp. 9.40 trillion. Meanwhile, Regional Expenditures amounted to IDR 74.61 trillion and Financing Expenditures amounted to IDR 9.16 trillion.

Based on the results of the DKI Jakarta Central Statistics Agency (BPS) National Socio-Economic Survey (Susenas) in March 2022, the number of poor people in the capital city increased by 3,750 people to a total of 502 thousand people or around 4.69 percent of the total population of Jakarta.

The population of Jakarta according to the results of the 2020 population census is 10.5 million people. BPS DKI noted that the increase in the number of poor people was partly due to a decrease in people’s purchasing power due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BPS conducts poverty surveys twice a year, namely in March and September.

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Anies Baswedan Allocates IDR 5 Trillion Social Assistance Budget Every Year

Last February, DKI Governor Anies Baswedan said the budget allocation for social assistance or social assistance in DKI Jakarta reached IDR 5 trillion annually. According to Anies, this is part of the redistribution of the economy to the poor.

Anies said the social assistance budget was part of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government’s efforts to redistribute the economic cake that grows in society. “This redistribution fills in what is lacking because the economy has not yet created prosperity for all,” said Anies Baswedan on his YouTube channel, which was uploaded Saturday, February 12, 2022.

The state, said Anies, entered with redistribution activities obtained from taxes collected by the government. “Economic activities are taxed, the taxes are managed by the state, the state distributes them to those who are deficient,” said Anies in the series From the Pendopo with the theme Social Justice Social Assistance.

“In Jakarta, the allocation for this redistribution is Rp. 5 trillion. What is it for? To help those in the economy who have not yet received a sufficient portion, so they cannot live properly. That’s when programs appear,” said Anies.

Anies explained that the various social assistance programs distributed by the DKI Provincial Government were based on the current economy not being able to make everyone feel a decent standard of living. This is where, according to Anies, the government carries out redistribution which is commonly referred to as subsidies.

Later, when the economy has grown and developed in such a way as to produce a fair distribution, so that everyone in the economy can live a decent life, “Yes, redistribution is no longer needed,” said Anies.

Therefore, according to Anies, continuous efforts are needed to create a just economy that enables the people involved to live decent lives. “So with our commitment to provide social assistance allocation of Rp 5 trillion per year, that is quite a large number. And perhaps compared to all these regions, this is one of the largest,” he said.

Anies Baswedan explained that currently the Provincial Government of DKI has several social assistance programs or social assistance as part of redistribution, such as the Jakarta Card for Persons with Disabilities (KPDJ) Program, Jakarta Child Card (KAJ), Jakarta Worker Card (KPJ), the Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) plus, the Jakarta Superior Student Card (KJMU) and the Jakarta Elderly Card (KLJ).

Also read: Registration for Recipients of Social Assistance is Open, Can go to the City Government of West Jakarta

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