Jakarta -PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. was again trusted to be a bank to channel aid funds for the Student Savings Savings Program (Simpel) specifically prepared for abandoned children or called Child Social Savings (TASA).
This year, BNI was appointed by the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia to distribute TASA to 67,754 children. The handover was made during the 2018 National Children’s Day Celebration with the theme One Day For Children centered in North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Thursday (10/18).
This event is a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia together with the NTB Provincial Social Service, and BNI. Present at the event were the Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Gumiwang Kartasasmita, the Director General of Social Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Affairs Edy Suharto, the Governor of NTB Zulkieflimansyah, and the Head of BNI Bali Nusra Region Eko S Nugroho.
Symbolically, the Minister of Social Affairs, the Governor of NTB, and the Leader of BNI Region Bali Nusra handed over the assistance given to 20 NTB children receiving TASA.
The recipients are TASA users because they are classified as neglected children, street children, children who are dealing with the law, persons with disabilities, and children who need special protection to gain access to basic social services.
The TASA Program assistance comes from two budget sources, namely the Ministry of Social Affairs’ Budget and the Provincial Social Service Deconcentration Fund throughout Indonesia. The TASA value disbursed by BNI in NTB reached Rp1.2 billion for 1,200 recipient children.
On the same occasion, symbolically, the distribution of TASA assistance on a national scale valued at Rp.67,754 billion for 67,754 children, was given by the Ministry of Social RI’s Director General of Social Rehabilitation Edy Suharto to the BNI Nusra Region Leaders.
In this activity BNI also provided support in the form of giving 500 school bags and equipment as part of the BNI Berbagi program. The assistance was handed over by the BNI Nusra Region Leader to the Head of the NTB Province Social Service.
BNI Corporate Secretary Kiryanto revealed that a joint step between the Financial Services Authority (OJK), the Ministry of Social Affairs, and BNI in issuing TASA is a form of fulfillment of the mandate of the 1945 Constitution which requires the presence of the state in maintaining the poor and neglected children.
“Through TASA, BNI shows that every citizen has the right to get equality in accessing banking products, including abandoned children. “Through this program, BNI, as one of the state banks, affirmed its function as an agent of development,” he said, Monday (10/22).