Indonesia launches subsidies for 15.7 million workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-27 15:29:05|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday launched subsidies for 15.7 million workers whose monthly salaries are under 5 million rupiahs (some 341.26 U.S. dollars) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The subsidy assistance is given to workers who are registered in the public social security agency for employment (locally known as BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), the president said at the state palace in Jakarta.

The head of state further said in the first phase, the subsidies will be distributed to 2.5 million workers and the rest will be given to other formal workers in the next stages until the number reaches 15.7 million by the end of September 2020.

In the first phase, each worker will receive 1.2 million rupiahs (81.90 U.S. dollars) for two months and the rest will be distributed within the next two months.

"Among the recipients of the subsidies are honorary workers including honorary teachers, honorary firefighters, honorary hotel employees, paramedics and janitors who actively pay dues to BPJS till June 2020," the president said.

The subsidies were expected to boost the domestic consumption, the people's purchasing power and the country's economic growth, he said, adding that the subsidies were part of assistance from the government to the people in an effort to cushion the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Enditem