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Palembang poor wait for cash aid

Jakarta Post - June 2, 2006

Palembang – Many poor residents have not been listed to receive the monthly cash assistance from the government although a reevaluation of poor families to be registered in the social welfare program has been conducted.

"We are included in the poor category because we have no jobs and we live in a slum," Dedi, a Lima Ulu subdistrict resident, told Antara on Thursday.

He said several people from his community had gone to the subdistrict office to be listed many times but to no avail.

Head of the Palembang Social Welfare Office, Djailani, said that 391,650 people were listed in the initial stage of registration and it was increased to 403,665 people after reevaluation.

He added that the registration procedure carried out by the local statistics bureau was reliable and that his office would reevaluate those who had not been listed.