DPR Assesses Banpres Corruption Doesn’t Happen If Aid Isn’t Distributed in Cash: National Okezone

JAKARTA – Member of Commission VIII DPRSelly Andriany Gantina highlighted the steps the KPK is taking in investigating corruption cases presidential aid (Banpres) during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to him, the loophole in the corruption law can be closed if it is channeled through non-cash aid methods.

“This incident should not have happened if the government had taken steps to distribute social assistance in the form of non-cash assistance,” Selly said in a written statement on Tuesday (7/8/2024).

If Banpres is distributed in a non-cash manner, he believes that the amount of aid to those in need will increase. “So of the 10 million beneficiaries from the PKH sector who receive aid on the third of every month, the nominal amount of aid can be increased in the context of tackling Covid-19,” he said.

Therefore, Selly regrets why the Banpres method is implemented by providing for basic needs. In fact, in 2018, the government initiated non-cash aid to the Himbara banks (association of state banks) for the sake of a regional economic turnaround.

“But how come the government replaced this with basic food parcels during Covid-19. “For me, this is a huge setback,” Selly lamented.

Not only that, he believes that dividing Banpres by rice is not appropriate, because Indonesia is a country with food diversity. Selly gave an example, for example in Papua, where the daily food is sago and not rice.

“It is ironic that our social assistance is still dependent on Java, given that the food needs of our people do not consist of rice alone. “Then it becomes a difficult task to consider the great distance to the sea as a connection when social services in the form of this product are only produced at one point, namely Jakarta,” Selly said.

“The country needs massive mobilization to send goods from one point to another. Meanwhile, the community needs time security so that social assistance can be implemented immediately. ‘Especially during the latest Covid’, Selly added.

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As is known, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has just reported state losses in the Banpres corruption case during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, which amounted to IDR 250 billion and is still being calculated. The value of the Banpres project itself is IDR 900 billion, divided into three phases.

The Banpres is included in the social assistance distribution program to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, which was distributed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). This presidential assistance was packed in a goodie bag with a specially designed bag that said “Presidential Palace of the Republic of Indonesia” and “Assistance to the President of the Republic of Indonesia”, containing food parcels including rice, biscuits, granulated sugar, cooking oil and even tea bags.

According to the Corruption Eradication Commission, the perpetrators’ actions were carried out by reducing the quality of Banpres to gain profit. Selly also regretted the incident which he believed could have been prevented.

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