The government sees regions with high levels of poverty and inequality as requiring special attention.
The regions the government has deemed as having high levels of poverty and inequality are East Java, South Sulawesi and Papua. The people who are in particular need of help live in remote or isolated regions.
According to National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Bambang S. Brodjonegoro during the recent Forum Merdeka Barat 9 ( FMB9 ), there were a wide range of factors that lead to increased inequality.
Members of society who lack skills often become stuck in jobs that are low in productivity and wages. “It is hard for these less capable people to rise up in social class,” Bambang said, at this Sept. 9 event.
Other factors include a lack of assets and social safety nets. In order to help these people, the government needs to ensure it has accurate data that is verified annually.
“The data must be constantly evaluated,” Bambang said, as quoted by kompas.com. “The data needs be consistently verified, as many people very often go through changes in status.”