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Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s outdated data hampers KLJ distribution

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  01:32 am

The capital’s outdated data on its poor senior citizens and lack of budget are the main obstacles in the distribution of Jakarta Elderly Cards (KLJ), with which elderly people can receive Rp 600,000 (US$43) in financial aid per month.

The program, initiated by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, was launched in May.

This year, the Jakarta administration has only handed over cards to 14,520 people aged above 60 in need of financial aid.

Meanwhile, about 17,500 poor elderly people reside in Jakarta, according to Social Affairs Ministry data in 2015.

The head of a community unit (RW) in Cikini Kramat, Menteng, Irawan Prasetio, said only 14 senior citizens in his area had received a KLJ.

“There are around 200 poor old people in the kampung who really need financial assistance. I have given their data to the subdistrict office, but to date we have yet to ...