Indonesia's Social Affairs Ministry to revamp rice-for-poor programme

Indonesia's Social Affairs Ministry to revamp rice-for-poor programme

The Social Affairs Ministry has unveiled plans to improve the national rice for the poor (raskin) programme in an effort to overcome rice shortages.

Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa said the plan was also aimed at curbing graft.

"The Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] has requested that the raskin programme be redesigned," Khofifah said on Saturday.

Khofifah said that the ministry had enlisted several other government institutions, including the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) in the restructuring programme.

The plan was to start the restructuring programme without affecting food sufficiency.

A number of regions have experienced rice shortages over the past several weeks. Last month, the ministry appealed to Bulog to immediately distribute rice to the poor.

"Based on instructions issued by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Bulog should immediately distribute rice to the poor," Khofifah said on Feb. 24.

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