The Indonesian government has distributed the second phase of salary subsidies to eligible workers on Friday, Nov 13. More than 2.71 million employees have received the subsidies, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said.
The salary subsidy aims to maintain and increase the purchasing power of workers so the nation’s economic growth improve during the pandemic. In total, more than 4.89 million workers have benefited from the subsidy programme. The total budget that has been used for the first and second phases of subsidy disbursements is IDR5.8 trillion.
According to the Ms. Ida, her ministry is working to accelerate the distribution of the second term salary subsidy and ensuring that there would be no delays.
She added that after the first-term wage subsidy was disbursed, the Manpower Ministry conducted a joint-evaluation with BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, Bank Himbara, the Directorate General of Taxes, the BPK, and the KPK. The Ministry has also completed data matching with the Tax DG, allowing the salary subsidy to be disbursed immediately, Tempo reports.
The salary subsidy is part of the National Economic Recovery acceleration programs (PEN). This subsidy is given to workers who hold Indonesian citizenship, workers who receive wages, are registered as active participants of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan as of June 30, 2020, are paid under Rp5 million a month, and have active accounts.
The total amount of government assistance in the form of a salary subsidy is Rp2.4 million or around US$170. The subsidies are paid in four stages, Rp600,000 each month, starting in September-October.