Central Kalimantan government prepares 30,000 affordable food packages
This activity is a government effort to keep prices of staple commodities stable, control inflation in the region, and help low-income earners.
Palangka Raya, C Kalimantan (Antara) – Central Kalimantan government has prepared 30,000 affordable food packages for low price market activities in different districts and cities in the province.
“This activity is a government effort to keep prices of key commodities stable, control inflation in the region and help low-income people,” Central Kalimantan governor Sugiant Sablan said on Sunday. mentioned here.
One package containing 5 kg of rice, 1 kg of sugar and 1 liter of cooking oil sells for Rp.50,000. Based on the current actual price in the market, the Central Kalimantan government has offered a subsidy of Rp 58,000 per package or 53.7% of the actual price.
“We hope that the existence of a low-price market and a balance market can sustain people’s purchasing power,” Sablan said.
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Central Kalimantan’s inflation rate was 6.79% (year-on-year) in July, according to Indonesian Bureau of Statistics (BPS) data. This number is well above the national inflation rate of 4.94% (year-on-year).
The situation has therefore become a matter of concern for governments to contain and mitigate the impact.
Aside from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and relaxation of health protocols, another challenge to watch out for is the government’s decision to raise fuel prices.
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Rising fuel prices are a concern as they may cause price increases for some commodities, especially due to rising costs of commodities and their distribution.
Prior to this, the Indonesian government raised the price of subsidized Pertalite fuel from Rp7,650 to Rp10,000 per liter on September 3. Diesel subsidy from Rp 5,150 per liter to Rp 6,800 per liter. Non-subsidized Pertamax is Rp12,500 to Rp14,500 per liter.
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