Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Airlangga Hartarto, handed over envelopes to two traders on Jalan Malioboro, Yogyakarta. Each contained a new bill of IDR 1.2 million.
The symbolic handover marked the launch of an aid package worth a total of IDR 1.2 trillion for a million street vendors (PKL) and shop owners. President Jokowi, who witnessed the handover, previously said the figure was enough to help small traders.
“I officially start the provision of cash assistance for one million street vendors and small stalls throughout Indonesia, as many as one million street vendors and warungs. A grant of Rp 1.2 million was given. According to our calculations, it is enough, and it started first in the Malioboro area, Yogyakarta,” said Jokowi.
In between his short speeches, Jokowi had asked the traders who were standing around him, whether the amount of assistance was sufficient or not. While laughing, a number of merchants shouted less.
Although the traders joked about the value of the aid, their representatives still expressed their gratitude to the President.
“We, on behalf of the entire community of street vendors, carriages, and rickshaws in the Malioboro area, are very grateful, and very, very grateful. It is hoped that the President’s visit to the Malioboro area will open up the Malioboro space to be safe to visit, God willing, it will remain safe, and the PPKM level will be lowered soon,” said Rudi, representing his colleagues.
This assistance package is part of the Cash Assistance Program for Street Vendors and Stalls (BT-PKLW). The government uses a distribution scheme through the Police and the TNI. BT-PKLW recipients are street vendors and shop owners who have not received assistance through the Micro Business Productive Banpres (BPUM) scheme.
This program aims to ease the burden on people who run micro-enterprises, especially street vendors and stalls, due to the implementation of PPKM Level 4 in 141 districts/cities in 28 provinces. In addition, the BT-PKLW program is also intended to encourage street vendors and shop owners to get up quickly as the situation improves.
Along with the inauguration of this assistance program by Jokowi in Yogyakarta, the distribution of BT-PKLW was also simultaneously carried out in 141 districts/cities throughout Indonesia. The TNI and POLRI, through the Polres and Kodim, assigned Babinsa and Bhabinkamtibmas in their distribution. This program is also run with applications that have been prepared by the TNI and Polri to maintain accountability and good governance.
On the same occasion, Airlangga Hartarto said that the engine of economic growth has now started to improve. This condition is in line with the increasingly controlled pandemic situation and is supported by the increasing number of vaccine recipients. The public’s confidence to carry out activities has increased, and has a good impact on the economy, including the tourism sector which is gradually recovering.
“Now Yogyakarta is still at level 3. In real terms, Yogyakarta is at level 2, but there is one district that is at level 3. Overall, we will see one week ahead. For level 3, some markets are already open. Yogyakarta’s economic growth is also very good, at the level of 11.81 percent in the second quarter of 2021,” said Airlangga.
BT-PKLW to complement government programs that have been running so far, such as BPUM, KUR interest subsidies, guarantee for MSME working capital loans, MSME Final PPh borne by the Government, and MSME loan restructuring. The government assigned the National Police and the TNI because of considerations of the effectiveness of distributing aid quickly, evenly, and directly received by the small community.
Police and TNI officers are directly involved in registering and verifying street vendors and shop owners who are entitled to receive BT-PKLW assistance. Prospective recipients who have been registered and verified will receive an invitation to pick up at the local Police or Kodim office.
Data as of October 8, 2021, there are 930,773 registered beneficiaries of assistance and most of them have been verified. The government will still collect data on street vendors and shop owners to reach the target of receiving one million people. [ns/ah]