Indonesia’s wage subsidy support will reach 16 million workers
The Department of Manpower is working to ensure that Wage Subsidy Assistance (WSU) can begin to be distributed this month.
This was according to Labor Minister Ida Fauziyah, who said steps had been taken to prepare for the distribution of the wage subsidy, such as completing the financial and budgetary administration for the allocation. of the BSU fund and the finalization of the regulation of the Minister of Manpower concerning the distribution of the BSU. .
The ministry is also coordinating with ministries and institutions on data matching, including with the National Civil Service Agency (BKN), the Indonesian Army (TNI) and the National Police (Polri), so that the aid is not distributed to the civil apparatus of the state. (ASN), TNI members or Polri members.
In addition, the ministry is also working with the public health and social security agency BPJS Kesehatan regarding the data of future BSU beneficiaries. Subsequently, the ministry coordinates distribution through the postal company Pos Indonesia and the Association of Public Banks (Himbara).
“Essentially, the Ministry of Manpower will expedite this process to ensure the accuracy and accountability of BSU distribution,” the minister said.
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The BSU is a form of social assistance provided by the government. President Joko Widodo has ordered aid to be provided to 16 million workers who receive a maximum salary of 3.5 million rupees ($235) per month.
A total budget of Rp9.6 trillion (US$644,397) has been allocated to the BSU, and potential aid recipients will each receive Rp600,000 (US$40). The aid should help maintain people’s purchasing power, which has been affected by a price spike seen around the world, Fauziyah said, according to Antara.