The plan of central government to distribute Mass Direct Aid (BLSM) to compensate for the increasing price of subsidized fuel (BBM) received varying responses. Some deemed it to be inappropriate, considering the aid will be distributed in the form of cash money.
Jakarta Governor, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo assessed BLSM is not educating the public because it would lead to dependence. The aid distribution against small, productive, and households entrepreneurs are considered more able to assists residents to become more developed.
“It will be better to give aid by funding their productive businesses. Thus, it will be more beneficial in the long term compared to BLSM. It is bad for the people to be given cash money just like that," he said, at Jakarta City Hall, Monday (6/17).
Jokowi continued, BLSM rejection was already conveyed a long time ago. Nevertheless, he cannot ensure such aid on target or not. "I always reject the cash aid, like BLT (Cash Aid Direct) or also called as BLSM," he told.
Especially for capital city, the education and health aid have been provided through Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) and Jakarta Health Card (KJS). He also considers such aid could directly be enjoyed by public.
As known, the central government plans to reduce subsidized fuel stock. Surely it will impact on its price, like solar and premium. As planned before, premium would be increased from Rp 4,500 to Rp 6,500 per liter and solar from Rp 4,500 to Rp 5.500 per liter.