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Jakarta Post

Govt disburses $448 million in second round of cash aid

Cash transfer: An employee of state-owned postal service provider PT Pos Indonesia takes a picture of a social cash assistance recipient in Sawah Besar neighborhood, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. The Social Affairs Ministry is disbursing Rp 300,000 (US$21.33) per family to replace the staple food package for residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 21 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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