Monday, 17 June 2019 | 12:09 WIB

Gov‘t Allots IDR6 Trillion to Connect Free Electricity to the Underprivileged

Indonesian Gov't Allots IDR6 Trillion to Connect Free Electricity to the Underprivileged (pln)

JAKARTA NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, has allocated state budget funds of IDR 6 trillion to help with the cost of connecting new electricity installations in the homes of poor people. Similarly, state-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (Persero), also known as PLN, also provides similar assistance. In fact, PLN has reduced the electricity connection fee for 450 VA customers to only IDR 500,000.

Not only that, other State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) took action to provide free electricity connection assistance. This is done considering that there are still many underprivileged people who have not been able to pay the electricity connection fee.

"There are still many (electricity connection tariffs) that are incapable. The state budget also provides around IDR 6 trillion," said Indonesian Minister of Energy Ignasius Jonan at the 2019 - 2018 General Electricity Supply Provision (RUPTL) Dissemination at the PLN Head Office, Jakarta..

According to Jonan, poor households that need the help of connecting new electricity installations with a power of 450 VA still reach more than one million.

"Indeed, the challenge is the purchasing power of the people or our brothers and sisters, some of whom have not been able to pay the connection fee. Which is 450 VA, those who cannot afford it are around 1.2 million households," explained Jonan.

"Please allow the head of the ESDM office to be informed to the Governor, Regent or Mayor, if any, set aside from the Regional Budget to support electricity connection fees," Jonan ordered.

The government's efforts to assist in the installation of electricity are one way to pursue this year's electrification ratio of 99.9%. Last year, the electrification ratio of households had reached 98.3%.

Jonan praised the performance of all parties related to last year's achievement because in the past 4 years, the electrification ratio increased by 14%.

Jonan also affirmed the Government's commitment in serving all levels of society to meet electricity access needs at affordable prices.

"We are trying to serve as much as possible all our brothers and sisters, both those with high purchasing power and those who are not high enough. This is the importance of electricity that must be socially just," he said firmly.