Cash assistance specifically for the poor to purchase cooking oil: KSP

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Presidential Personnel Office (KSP) has explained that the provision of cash assistance for cooking oil of Rp 100,000 per month is aimed at helping the poor to buy cooking oil in bulk.

KSP Deputy II Abetnego Tarigan, in a press release here on Thursday, said that based on the facts on the ground, several people still have to buy bulk cooking oil above the price cap of retail (HET) that the government had regulated, which is Rp14 thousand per litre.

“The bulk cooking oil subsidy policy is expected to gradually reduce the price according to the HET. Still, there are people who still need to buy above the HET. Therefore, cash assistance is given, so that the poor can afford to buy cooking oil in bulk,” he explained.

Cash assistance for cooking oil worth Rp 100,000 is provided to each beneficiary family for April, May and June 2022, although it is paid at one time, specifically Rp 300,000, in April 2022.

The program targets up to 23 million beneficiaries, including 20.5 million beneficiaries registered as non-cash food assistance (BPNT) and Family Hope (PKH) beneficiaries, as well as 2.5 million street vendors .

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Tarigan said the aid distribution would be done through PT Pos Indonesia. Recipient data will refer to Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS) held by the Ministry of Social Affairs which has been verified and synchronized with demographic data (NIK).

“Therefore, it is about avoiding duplicate and fictitious data,” he added.

He further explained that apart from cash assistance for cooking oil, the government will also provide Wage Subsidy Assistance (BSU) in 2022, targeting workers with wages below Rs 3.5 million. . The aid is intended to be granted to 8.8 million beneficiaries.

In addition, the government is preparing a mechanism for the distribution of presidential aid to MSME actors (Banpres UMKM) of Rp 600,000 for each beneficiary.

“These are forms of support from the government to ease the burden of people affected by the increase in the price of various commodities due to surging (prices) in the international market,” he noted.

He pointed out that the KSP will directly oversee the implementation of these social assistance programs.

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