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Jakarta Post

Cash aid distribution misses Idul Fitri target

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 29 2020   /  12:14 am

The government missed its self-appointed target of disbursing cash transfer assistance ahead of Idul Fitri on Sunday, as various city and regency administrations still scrambled to fine-tune their beneficiaries’ data, contributing to ongoing delays.They are part of the state’s program to provide social assistance to millions of ordinary Indonesians who have little means to shield themselves from economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and its ensuing restrictions.As of Tuesday, the government had disbursed cash transfers to 7.86 million out of the 8.3 million households from outside Greater Jakarta who were registered recipients under the social assistance program, despite going all out to reach its target.It had ordered state-owned postal service PT Pos Indonesia, which it partnered with to distribute the aid, to take on longer hours for the cause and set up distributio...