Arifin Tasrif, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) stated that he strongly supports the distribution of targeted energy subsidy programs through the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS). He claims that DTKS can be used to buy fuel and distribute direct cash assistance (BLT).
“With this data, the target can be implemented and then this direct assistance can be allocated more precisely,” he said in a working meeting with Commission VII DPR RI in Jakarta, Wednesday.
According to Arifin, the use of DTKS necessitates coordination with other agencies. Aside from the use of DTKS, the government is also implementing restrictive programs ranging from proposed regulations to digitizing gas stations in collaboration with the National Police Traffic Corps to obtain vehicle data.
“Usually in vehicle BPKB, STNK, there are several liters of CC and the volume capacity that has been modified so far, which was only 60 liters modified to 100 liters, some are up to 400 liters. Most of them are not transporting commodities but transporting fuel that goes wrong,” said Arifin.
Arifin hopes that police raids will be increased again beginning in the second semester and continuing until the end of the year so that cases of hoarding subsidized fuel can be revealed and the perpetrators prosecuted.
“This is a stage that is currently in our study,” he added.
So far, the government is still reviewing rising subsidized fuel prices and their impact on inflation, necessitating coordination with other relevant ministries.
Meanwhile, the government plan to change oil prices like Pertalite and Solar has been made rise protests from the public and the majority opinions of the public wants to reject the plan even though the government has distributed targeted energy subsidy programs using the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS).
“The oil’s price change can sorrow the public purchasing power and the burden of living cost will increase and the other sides public’s income does not change,” said one of the residents of Cipayung, East Jakarta.