The discrepancy affects access to social assistance programs, especially for the city’s most vulnerable communities.
Achmad said he hoped the database for social assistance programs will improve so that the groups that need assistance the most will be reached.
“Let’s use this moment to improve our data which in the end, helps to improve the distribution of sembako packages,” said Achmad.
Jakarta’s street vendors receive help
On June 27, around 108 street vendors in South Jakarta received social assistance benefits in the form of food supplies.
The recipients were street vendors of Indonesian meatballs (bakso) under the bakso business chain of Pawamajaya.
The Indonesian National Police assisted in the distribution of the food packages.
The National Police selected bakso sellers because they are among the groups whose livelihoods were severely impacted during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sales have plunged during the pandemic and many bakso vendors turned to the internet to sell their product.