The Indonesian House of Representatives Urges the Government to Improve Covid-19 Handling Performance

Detiktoday.com – The DPR RI Plenary Meeting that was held yesterday produced many important matters related to various issues that were developing, one of which was the problem of covid-19 transmission, which every day the number of sufferers was increasing making many regions actually re-examine the implementation of PSBB.

The Republic of Indonesia DPR in carrying out its supervisory function through the DPR’s Completeness Tools has conducted joint meetings with business partners and work visits, specifically related to the handling of Covid-19 in accordance with the Commission’s field.

Chairman of the Indonesian Parliament Dr. (H.C.) Puan Maharani said that the DPR RI provided various notes that needed the attention of the Government in order to improve the performance of handling Covid-19 and its impact.

“These notes, among others, accelerate the effectiveness of absorption of the Covid-19 handling budget, especially in the fields of health, social protection, sectoral and regional government support, as well as the support of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises),” Puan said when reading the Closing Speech of Closing Period of Trial IV, Session Year 2019-2020, at Nusantara Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday (07/16/2020). The Plenary Meeting was chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Coordinator for Economic and Financial Affairs (Korekku) Sufmi Dasco Ahmad.

In addition, Puan said, the Government should strengthen and sharpen social protection and empowerment programs aimed at the bottom 40 percent of the population so that they are right on target and have the right benefits as an effort to accelerate poverty reduction. Then, the Government should increase the synergy of relevant ministries and regional governments to continuously improve the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS).

The House of Representatives Chairperson, continued the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Menko PMK) for the 2014-2019 period, through a consultation meeting with the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), had supported BPK’s efforts to mitigate the use of Covid-19 pandemic handling funds and their impacts.

“Regarding the Government’s decision to cancel the sending of Hajj pilgrims this year, the DPR can understand the decision, even though it should first be coordinated with the DPR. BPKH in order to optimally manage Hajj pilgrimage deposit funds and the value of benefits that have been set for Hajj financing in 2020, “said the PDI-Perjuangan politician.

Puan continued, during this Session IV, the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia had also conducted a feasibility test for the Deputy Governor of BI and gave consideration to 32 Extraordinary Ambassador Candidates for the Full Republic of Indonesia for Friendly Countries as well as 6 (six) Candidates for Extraordinary Ambassador Full Plenary of the Friends of the State of Friends for the Republic of Indonesia.

The Indonesian Parliament also continues to strive to contribute in conducting diplomacy for Indonesia’s national interests in international forums through the function of parliamentary diplomacy.

During this session, the DPR Bilateral Cooperation Group held several meetings with representatives of partner countries to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields. On June 29, 2020 Parliament delegations attended the 3rd virtual meeting of the AIPA-Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) to fight for drug eradication agenda in the region.

The Speaker of the Parliament also attended the AIPA-ASEAN Interface Meeting virtual meeting at the 36th ASEAN Summit to discuss various issues in the region that had to be faced together, including the Covid-19 pandemic. Ending his speech, Puan said that starting on July 17, 2020 until August 13, 2020, the Indonesian Parliament entered the Recess Period of Session IV for the 2019-2020 session year.

“The time came, members of the Indonesian Parliament to carry out the recess, which will be carried out in situations and conditions of risk of the Covid-19 pandemic risk. Therefore, to members of the Indonesian Parliament, that together with the people in their constituencies, work together, work together, in strengthening the implementation of health protocols against Covid-19 in restoring the economic and social activities of the community, “Puan’s message concluded.

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