Suara.com – The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, requested that the labor-intensive National Economic Recovery Program (PEN) for infrastructure projects be continued until May 2021 to support people’s purchasing power during Ramadan and Eid.
In the latest upload on his personal Instagram account @ luhut.pandjaitan, Monday (15/2/2021) Luhut conveyed this in a coordination meeting discussing the implementation of labor-intensive programs, in which it was stated that the labor-intensive programs for infrastructure projects had employed as many as 1.2 million people. for road improvement and drainage projects.
“I want this program to be realized until April and May 2021. So that when entering the month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr, the workers of this program can have money to buy basic necessities and additional needs on Eid,” said Luhut. .
That way, people’s purchasing power will start to stretch because they get monthly income and do not expect from social assistance / social assistance as before.
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“Therefore I ask for careful planning so that this program can be arranged to meet these criteria,” he said.
Furthermore, he also requested that labor-intensive programs target densely populated areas so that the government can rely on the number of people employed and absorbed from the program.
“Regarding the cost of land acquisition for government priority projects for areas that have a high enough density, I hope that the disbursement will be prioritized soon. So that the money can be spent and the country’s economy continues to move to support all Indonesian people even in difficult circumstances,” he said.
In an official statement in Jakarta, Monday, Luhut also explained the achievements of the Coral Reef Restoration (ICRG) Work Intensive Pen Program which has restored coral reefs of up to 74.3 hectares in 2020.
“PEN ICRG activities have employed 10,717 people affected by COVID-19 in Bali in 2020. Of course we want this figure to be increased even more,” said Coordinating Minister Luhut.
The PEN ICRG program is planned to be continued in the period 2021-2022 in nine locations and will involve up to 150,000 people. The program in 2021-2022 is expected to be able to expand the restoration area by up to 1,000 hectares with a total budget of IDR 1.5 trillion, of which around 35-45 percent will be absorbed as wages.
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