The Indonesian Social Minister, Tri Rismaharini (Risma) has confirmed that over USD 31 million (IDR 450 billion) of financial assistance for Bali residents has not yet been distributed.
During her visit to support the residents who were affected by the recent earthquake in Bali, Risma had also arranged a meeting with several related Bali provincial government institutions to inspect the financial assistance distribution that was previously provided by the central government for the affected tourism workers.
During the meeting, Risma was shocked after finding out that the cash provided was undistributed. “This amount of cash is huge, this would’ve helped Bali boost its economy if it was distributed on time.” Risma said during the press conference on Tuesday (19/10). According to the data, over 75,000 eligible families haven’t received the support from this program.
Risma also instructed Bali authorities to distribute the financial assistance and avoid distributing the food aid to people as they might expire before even being delivered. Risma was disappointed with this delayed distribution of financial aid as it contributes to the economic recovery in Bali and the livelihood of the people. “This will have a negative impact on the Bali economy, especially those who were in desperate need of receiving help as many people have been struggling to survive since the Covid-19 struck and destroyed Bali’s tourism sector.” Risma concluded.
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