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Skalanews - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said the government will increase the number of beneficiaries of non-cash food aid (BPNT) as much as 2.6 million beneficiary families in February 2018, from 1.2 million beneficiaries in January 2018.

After the coordination meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday (16/1), Darmin said the extension of BPNT recipients will be done in February 2018 if the distribution of BPNT to 1.2 million beneficiary families (KPM) for January can be completed soon.

Thus, the government plans to disburse BPNT in February 2017 to 3.8 million beneficiaries.

"The President (Joko Widodo) is asking BPNT's 1,2 million KPN to be completed and we have to discuss the plan for the addition in February," said Darmin.

The distribution of BPNT for January 2018 will be conducted on January 25th. After that, the government will evaluate the realization of the distribution of BPNT. The evaluation was conducted so that the government can see the results of the distribution of social assistance to 1.2 million PKM has been resolved or not.

"If we finish we will add 2.6 million and it will be done from now, but it will only be done if the 1.2 million is finished," he said.

The government plans the number of BPNT recipients to gradually increase to 10 million beneficiaries by the end of 2018.

"Later every two months there will be an additional until the end of the year it may be around Rp 10 million," said Darmin.

In addition to BPNT, the government will also channel the social assistance of prosperous rice or rastra. If BPNT is a form of electronic money that can be used to buy basic needs, then rastra rice is a rice-shaped aid distributed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

For rice assistance, the first phase will be channeled to 14.2 million beneficiaries in 441 districts. The second phase of 11.5 million beneficiaries in 397 districts. The third phase of 8.2 million beneficiaries in 348 districts, and the last 5.4 million beneficiaries in 297 districts. (ant/Frida Astuti)

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