Bank Indonesia Representatives for Central Kalimantan have prepared a quarterly fund of Rp. 3.3 trillion, as an effort to meet the needs of the people in the local province during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 1443 Hijri.
The quarterly money is prepared for cash withdrawals through service offices and ATM machines belonging to banks in the province, Central Kalimantan BI Head Yura Djalins said in Palangka Raya, Wednesday.
“This includes meeting the money needs of five cash deposits in Central Kalimantan, namely Buntok, Muara Teweh, Sampit, Pangkalan Bun and Nanga Bulik,” he added.
Based on BI estimates for Central Kalimantan, the need for quarterly cash in the local province during the period of Ramadan to Eid this year reaches IDR 2.4 billion. This number has increased by around 13 percent from the 2021 realization, which is around Rp. 2.1 trillion.
Yura said the estimated increase was due to economic activity that has emerged since the fourth quarter of 2021, the easing of the Implementation of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM), and preparations for the long Eid al-Fitr 2022 holiday.
“We have prepared three strategic steps to ensure the availability of money in the community, both in terms of the nominal amount, the right type of denomination, on time and in conditions fit for circulation,” he said.
The strategic step, he continued, was to carry out out-of-town cash activities in the first half of Ramadan to banks in areas outside of the Custody, namely Pagatan, Samuda, Seruyan, Parenggean, Pundu, Kereng Pangi and Kasongan. Including in the city in retail using the PINTAR application.
“Then, optimize the distribution of money to the five Cash Custodians in Central Kalimantan, as well as synergize with banks in this province in providing exchange services to the public spread over 47 counter points,” he said.
Central Kalimantan BI also invites the public to behave wisely according to their needs, save money and care for the rupiah in order to encourage public awareness to love, be proud and understand the rupiah.
“This is also reflected in the theme of Ramadan/Eid al-Fitr which is being carried out by Bank Indonesia nationally, namely ‘The Veranda of the Rupiah Ramadhan: Good Spending and Treating Rupiah’,” said Yura.