Indonesia plans cash transfers for nearly 14 million workers



Indonesia plans to give cash transfers to 13.8 million workers at a cost of around $2.15 billion under its stimulus package.

The package is to prop up household consumption in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy during the pandemic, officials said.

Indonesia reported, on Wednesday, gross domestic product contracted 5.32 per cent in the second quarter as household consumption, which accounts for more than half of the economy, fell 5.51 per cent from a year earlier.

“The government’s aim by pouring additional income is to support household consumption, which is important to propel the economy and pushing for economic improvement,’’ State-owned Enterprise Minister, Erick Thohir, said on Thursday.

Thohir said in the statement workers on a monthly income of below five million rupiah ($343.64) would receive about $41 a month for four months starting September.

Thohir, who is chairing a COVID-19 recovery task force, said non-government officers as well as employees of state-owned companies registered with the worker’s social security provider BPJS Ketenagakerjaan would be eligible.

Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, had on Wednesday put the cost of the programme at about 31.2 trillion rupiah ($2.15 billion).

The minister said it was part of efforts to speed up disbursement of the government’s COVID-19 stimulus by reallocating parts of the $50 billion programme to more practical use.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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