go to link JAKARTA, July 17 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham said on Tuesday in Jakarta the country poverty index in March 2018 declined 0.3 percent to 9.82 percent compared to Sept. 2017 of 10.12 percent supported by government’s social funds.
He said the data was from the National Statistic Agency (BPS) .
“It is in line with the government expectation, which is fulfilled earlier than forecast,” Marham explained.
The government has targeted poverty index to be at single digit by 2019, however the dream was realized earlier than expected, which was in March this year, he added.
The recipient of social funds increased to 10 million households in 2018 from 6 million in 2017.
Government social funds are distributed in various form of non-cash programs such as cheaper rice packages, community entrepreneurship program, and productive economy business program, which is in line with other existing social fund programs.
The government plans to upgrade total social funds to 32 trillion rupiah ($2.22 billion) in 2019 or double from this year’s 15.4 trillion rupiah.
($1 = 14,392 rupiah)