Indonesia’s capital city will be
distributing an estimated 3000 “smart cards” to underprivileged students on 5
November 2012, as part of new Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo’s campaign promise
to make sure no child is unable to go to school because of school expenses.
According to Jakarta Education
Agency Chief Taufik Yudi Mulyanto, the “smart card” works like an ATM card
where students would have to enter their PIN so they can withdraw money to
cover their personal expenses. As part of the program, 10,766 senior high
school and vocational school students will each receive Rp 240,000 (US$24) per
month for one year to cover school related expenses such as transportation,
food, clothing, textbooks and other school materials.
Taufik added that the city
administration is currently conducting a survey in five municipalities to
identify the recipients of the “smart cards” and to formulate an effective
distribution mechanism in those areas once the program is extended to cover
students in both elementary and junior high school by 2013.
On other hand, the authorities of
the city are also planning to distribute health cards to poor citizens, so they
can get medical attention at local community health care centres and as well as
third-class service at public and private hospitals in Jakarta without fees of
an expensive medical bill.