Indonesian Government Postponed the Initial Disbursement of RP 600,000 Stimulus for Employees

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  • Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said that the start of the program — which would provide qualifying recipients Rp 600,000 in monthly assistance for a four-month period — was postponed to provide more time to cross-check the data of recipients listed in the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).
  • The government requires more time as 2.5 million workers in the first batch of stimulus disbursement are listed as recipients. 
  • The government has allocated Rp 37.7 trillion for the program out of the state budget. Around 15.7 million beneficiaries of the social security program will be included in the initiative.
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Jakarta • The financial stimulus disbursement for active employees earning less than Rp 5 million (US$ 344.16) per month has been postponed from August 25 to the end of this month.

Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said that the start of the program — which would provide qualifying recipients Rp 600,000 in monthly assistance for a four-month period — was postponed to provide more time to cross-check the data of recipients listed in the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).

The government requires more time as 2.5 million workers in the first batch of stimulus disbursement are listed as recipients, she said.

On Monday, Ida was quoted by kompas.com saying,  “[We projected that it] would take at least four days to perform a checklist. So, we apologize to the first batch of recipients as we need to be extra careful in cross-checking the data,”

She guaranteed that the stimuli would be released no later than August 31. 

The government has allocated Rp 37.7 trillion for the program out of the state budget. Around 15.7 million beneficiaries of the social security program will be included in the initiative.

There is no stimulus available to state-owned enterprise workers and civil servants. It is also different from the pre-employment card program, which focuses only on helping job-seekers and laid-off workers through the funding of their job training.

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