More 36,000 Workers Receive Cash Assistance, Governor of West Papua Proposed for Muri –  The  Provincial Government of West Papua  will provide Rp.300,000 in cash assistance to more than 36,000 of formal and informal workers impacted by Covid-19 in 2021. This policy is not implemented in other provinces and Governor of West Papua Dominggus Mandacan is proposed to be recorded in the Indonesian Record Museum (Muri).

Head of the Industrial Relations and Labor Inspection Division of the West Papua Manpower and Transmigration Office, Ermawati Siregar, said cash assistance to more than 36,000 workers impacted by the pandemic came from the regional budget. This assistance is called the compassionate hand program and has been carried out in 2020.

“The policy of the Governor of West Papua Province does not exist in other areas so we are proposing that Governor Dominggus Mandacan receive the Muri award,” said Ermawati, in Sorong, West Papua.

He said, the compassionate hand assistance in 2020, was given to 52,217 formal and informal workers affected by Covid-19. The amount is Rp.600,000 per month so that in the nine months each person receives Rp.5,400,000.

However, the community receiving assistance in the program were included in the BPJS program so that from a total of Rp. 5,400,000, Rp. 200,000 was cut for BPJS contributions so that they received Rp. 5,200,000.

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Meanwhile, assistance for 2021 will decrease to IDR 300,000 per month. This is because of the governor adjusts it to the value of assistance provided by the central government.

Recipients of generous hands in 2021 will also be included in the BPJS program, whose contributions are cut off from the assistance received. The West Papua Governor’s policy targets formal workers who were laid off due to the pandemic and also non-formal workers like fishermen, farmers and also small traders.

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