Detiktoday.com – The government has budgeted a total cost of handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery (PEN) of Rp.695.20 trillion which is allocated for six sectors where the total realization until the first week of August is Rp.151.25 trillion or 21.8% of the economic recovery program ceiling. National.
In more detail, the realization in the health sector is Rp7.1 trillion, the social protection sector is Rp.86.5 trillion, the sectoral Ministries / Institutions (K / L) and Local Government is Rp.8.6 trillion, the MSME support sector is Rp.32.5 trillion, and the business incentive sector has reached IDR 16.6 trillion and the corporate financing sector has yet to be realized.
Of the total budget of Rp.695.20 trillion alone, the realization of the Covid-19 handling program and economic recovery from DIPA has been spent amounting to Rp. 313.2 trillion and those that have not been included in DIPA are Rp. 226.1 trillion and the budget without DIPA is Rp. 155.9 trillion. various forms of tax incentives.
This was conveyed by the Minister of Finance (Menkeu) Sri Mulyani Indrawati at a virtual media briefing regarding the Update on the Realization of National Economic Recovery and 13th Salary Payment on Monday (10/08).
“The absorption has begun to show an increase in which we have also decided that all programs, especially those related to social assistance, have been extended until December. We have also accelerated the process of new proposals from various clusters ranging from health, MSMEs, social assistance and also from sectoral and local governments. The government also redesigns if it is considered that a program that was designed from the outset has not experienced an increase in implementation and has received considerable obstacles due to various reasons, then we will always make changes to the design so that we can really fully restore our economy, and of course we continue to accelerate and simplify the bureaucratic processes, “explained the Minister.
In the PEN absorption program, it appears that absorption will be faster and more optimal for existing and already running programs such as PKH, food cards because they already have a mechanism and the data is clear although this still needs to be updated. Meanwhile, for programs that are new proposals, they still have to face various problems, starting from how to validate and verify data.
With better data quality, it is hoped that the social protection policies in the PEN program will be more targeted. The Ministry of Finance has a central role in determining priorities, unraveling problems, and removing bottlenecks (bottle necking), so that obstacles that arise in budget absorption can be immediately eliminated, particularly related to regulation & governance.
“The government will continue to make various efforts to improve it, as well as programs that are revising the DIPA we are doing quickly with the Directorate General of Budget and the Directorate General of Treasury all being asked to actively pick up the ball. We ask the ministries / agencies that prepare new proposals so that they can really immediately carry out so that the strengthening of government spending will encourage economic recovery, “concluded the Minister of Finance.