Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) - People`s Welfare Coordinating Minister Aburizal Bakrie said the highest economic growth in Asia in 2011 may prevail in Indonesia.
"In his meeting with Vice President Yusuf Kalla, Bakrie said Indonesia may reach the highest economic growth in Asia in 2011 by implementing various programs including economic retrenchments," he said here on Thursday.
The minister said that with the retrenchment programs, fuel oil price hikes, and the kerosene to gas conversion scheme, at least Rp 240 trillion could be saved.
"The money could be used to build a better Indonesia. But, it should be supported by a firm intention and togetherness to develop Indonesia into an advanced country," he said.
With regard to the direct cash assistance (BLT) which has now covered 19.1 million poor families, he said that the number may eventually twice as poor families.
"Therefore, the distribution of cash assistance fails in meeting expectations, it is still within the corridor," he said.
However, the seriousness of many parties in handling and supervising the distribution of the direct cash aid should reach the target.
"If a rich person receives it, it is the task of the local government to make the necessary correction,," Bakrie said.
Speaking of scholarships which had been granted to university students, the program was discontinued due to lack of fund.
"But now the government again provides such scholarships following the fuel oil price hikes," he said.
At present, he added, about 10 percent of the total number of university students in Indonesia are in need of the assistance. (*)