Jakarta, Kominfo - The government ensures that electricity subsidies for the public will continue in 2021. This subsidy is part of efforts to recover the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BUMN Minister who became Chair of the Committee for Handling COVID and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN) Erick Thohir emphasized President Jokowi's commitment to ensure that people whose economies were affected by the pandemic still received stimulus from the government.
According to him, subsidized electricity costs will still apply in accordance with the system that has been in effect before. Customers with 450 VA power will get a full fee waiver or free. This is proof of the government's support for economically vulnerable communities.
"In accordance with the President's instructions, we at KPCPEN also have Coordinating Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Mrs. Sri Mulyani, as Minister of Finance recently held a meeting with the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources so that PLN continues to provide services to people in need," said Erick through a statement. written, in Jakarta, Saturday (02/01/2021).
Erick also explained that the electricity cost subsidy also refers to customers with 900 VA power. This subsidy extension is valid for the first period of 2021, namely January to March. Then we will look again at the possibility to continue to extend the subsidy according to the conditions of the affected community. "The government has decided to extend the time to provide PLN electricity cost relief assistance in the form of a 100 percent discount or free for 450 VA household customers and a 50 percent discount for 900 VA power household customers for the next three months, until March 2021," said Erick. explain.
In addition, the government also ensures that all social safety devices will continue. All in order to ensure that the handling of Covid is carried out comprehensively between health and economic recovery. "The government will continue the stimulus program in 2021 for economic recovery and handling of Covid-19, including the procurement of vaccines, cash assistance, interest subsidies, financing for MSMEs and food security," said Erick.