Incumbent Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, center, said the Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) should be available to the children of all families in the capital that live in poverty. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Djarot Says KJP Must Benefit Children of All Poor Families


APRIL 05, 2017

Jakarta. Incumbent Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said the Jakarta Smart Card, or KJP, should be available to the children of all families in the capital that live in poverty, without exception.

Djarot said this would help students in the capital whose families cannot afford to pay school fees, as they will be able to join school equivalency programs.

"Many have thought that both the rich and the poor will get the KJP, but there are requirements. Those who can't afford [to pay for school] will get the KJP. It is our principal to promote social justice," Djarot said on Tuesday (04/04).

More than 525,000 children have been listed in the KJP program so far this year. The Jakarta administration will evaluate the results annually, with the possibility of increasing the number of recipients.

"Mr. Basuki has always said that we [the Jakarta administration] are administering social justice for all Jakarta residents. The principals of [equality and] justice should remain. Those who can afford it, but who receive benefits from the KJP, should not be justified," Djarot said, referring to incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

Djarot said on Wednesday that his administration would also distribute the KJP to students in Islamic boarding schools.

"Jakarta residents who are living outside the capital can register for the KJP, wherever their boarding schools are," Djarot said.

The Jakarta administration is listing all boarding schools that accommodate children of families in the capital to ensure equal distribution of the KJP.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel and Facebook Live to find out more about the Jakarta Smart Card distribution.