TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said the government would provide postage subsidies or postage to monitor national online shopping days or harbolnas before Eid. Harbolnas will be held simultaneously on D-10 and D-5 Eid Al-Fitr.
“National shopping day through online is aimed at national products. The government will provide subsidies Postal fee and the government has prepared Rp. 500 billion, “said Airlangga in a virtual press conference, Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
Airlangga said that Harbolnas would encourage the growth of public consumption during the Ramadan period until Eid. In accordance with President Jokowi’s direction, the ministers were asked to maintain the momentum of economic growth in line with the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To support increased consumption, Airlangga said the government encouraged private companies to immediately provide holiday allowances or THR to their workers. During the pandemic, the business world has received various stimuli in the form of tax subsidies to credit relaxation.
Then, the government will accelerate the provision of social assistance in the form of direct cash assistance or BLT, groceries, and Ramadan rice from June to early May for two months. Airlangga explained that the Ramadan rice social assistance subsidy would absorb Bulog’s rice reserves.
“That way Bulog can get Rp 2 trillion in funds and the funds can be used to buy 440 thousand of people’s unhulled rice,” he said. To accelerate social protection, the government estimates that the budget absorption is Rp. 14.12 trillion.
“The hope is that GDP (gross domestic product in the second quarter can grow positively,” said Airlangga.