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Govt disburses $448m in second round of cash aid

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A state-owned postal service PT Pos Indonesia employee takes a picture of a cash aid recipient in Sawah Besar, Central Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, April 19, 2021

The government has disbursed Rp 6.53 trillion (US$448.08 million) in cash aid to some 9 million lower-income households to help cover heightened needs during Ramadan as many still reel from the pandemic-induced economic downturn.

It is the second round of aid provided through the Family Hope Program (PKH) this year. The government disbursed Rp 6.82 trillion to similar households in January.

The PKH is a conditional cash transfer program that grants eligible recipients at least Rp 550,000 in yearly aid. Households receive extra aid if they include more dependents, such as pregnant women, children enrolled in school, disabled people and the elderly.

“During Ramadan, their spending will rise to cover sahur (predawn meals) and iftar, to buy takjil (breaking-of-the-fast snacks) or other additional food,” said Social Affairs Minister T...

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