Govt Grants Series of Covid-19 Social Assistance as PPKM Level 4 Extended

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  • A person collects basic food items from Non-Cash Food Assistance (BSNT) to be distributed to beneficiaries in Pabean udik village, Indramayu, West Java, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The Ministry of Social Affairs has disbursed Non-Cash Food Aid (BPNT) for 18.8 million beneficiaries along with the implementation of Emergency PPKM. ANTARA/Dedhez Anggara

    A person collects basic food items from Non-Cash Food Assistance (BSNT) to be distributed to beneficiaries in Pabean udik village, Indramayu, West Java, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The Ministry of Social Affairs has disbursed Non-Cash Food Aid (BPNT) for 18.8 million beneficiaries along with the implementation of Emergency PPKM. ANTARA/Dedhez Anggara

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially extended the mobility restriction or known as PPKM Level 4 until August 2, 2021. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto outlined a number of Covid-19 social assistance programs set by the government.

    “We set up new social assistance for people in districts and cities on PPKM Level 4,” said Airlangga at a press conference on Sunday, July 25.

    The list of the aid programs is as follows;

    1. The Basic Food Card, which is monthly assistance of Rp200,000 for two months for 18.8 million beneficiary families.
    2. PPKM Basic Food Cards, which is monthly assistance of Rp200,000 for 6 months for 5.9 million families proposed by the regional government.
    3. Extended cash aid or BST program for two months, from May to June, which was distributed in July. The program budget amounted to Rp6.14 trillion for 10 million families.
    4. Extended internet quota subsidies for five months, from August to December, amounting to Rp5.54 trillion for 38.1 million recipients.
    5. Extended electricity discount program for three months, from October to December, amounting to Rp1.91 Trillion for 32.6 million families.
    6. Extended exemptions from the base price or subscription fees program for 3 months, October to December, totaling Rp0.42 Trillion for 1.14 million families.
    7. An additional Rp10 trillion budget for the Pre-Employment Card program (Rp1.2 trillion) and BSU or Wage Subsidy Assistance totaling Rp8.8 trillion.
    8. Rice social assistance of 10 kilograms each for 28.8 million families. The government will distribute the rice to 20 million families in phase 1 and to 8.8 million families in phase 2.

    Read: PPKM Level 4 Extended; Jokowi: Covid-19 Pandemic Handling is Running Well

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