Government’s Free Rice Cooker
Here’s what’s going on: A huge 600,000 rice cooker are being given away for free by Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM). They’re doing this to encourage the use of clean energy and hope that more people will use electricity or e-cook, which will lower the cost of food.
The Lowdown on Eligibility
Ministerial Regulation No. 11 of 2023 about the Provision of Electric Cooking Appliances for Households lays out the rules for this help. This strategy is part of the push for clean energy. Similar steps have taken in business and transportation, such as encouraging people to buy electric cars.
Why They’re Doing It
The deal is to encourage households to make the shift from other fuel sources to electricity for cooking. According to Dadan from the ESDM Ministry, they’re aiming for this shift in 2023.
What’s Required to Get a Free Rice Cooker?
The plan to give these electric stoves away has been in the works since 2022. They even had a live online conversation with Edi Pratikno in November of last year. Pratikno is the Sub-Coordinator of Power Commercial Relations at the Directorate of Electricity Business Development. He said that these rice cooker would given to people who listed as recipients in the database of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
In 2023, these rice cookers will sent all over Indonesia with money from the government. The package deal from the government is 500,000 Rupiah for each family that qualifies, and there’s no need for more power.
According to Article 3, Paragraph 1 of Ministerial Regulation No. 11 of 2023, here are the requirements to get a free rice cooker from the government:
- The recipient must be a customer of PT PLN (Persero) or PT PLN Batam under the following conditions:
- Low-voltage household customers with a power of 450 volt-amperes (R-1/TR).
- Low-voltage household customers with a power of 900 volt-amperes and 900 volt-amperes RTM (R-1/TR).
- Low-voltage household customers with a power of 1,300 volt-amperes (R-1/TR).
- The household doesn’t have an electric cooking appliance.
Look to Article 3, Paragraph 2, the potential recipients of electric cooking appliances, as stated in Paragraph 1. It proposed based on validation by the local village chief or an equivalent official.
The Rice Cooker Specs
It says in Article 10, Paragraph 3 what the rice cooker that the Ministry of ESDM is giving away must meet. The size should be between 1.8 and 2.2 litres, and it should say “A Grant from the Ministry of ESDM, Not for Sale” on the label. The mark should last a long time and not get worn down quickly.
In addition, these free rice cookers should made in the United States. And then, it also must have a licence that says they use local parts. On top of that, they should have an SNI (Standar Nasional Indonesia) badge and an energy-saving label.
The electric cooking appliances must meet three requirements regarding electrical equipment standards in Indonesia:
- Labeled SNI 7859:2013 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements and its amendments.
- SNI IEC 60335-2-15-2011 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-15: Particular requirements for appliances for heating liquids and its amendments.
- Minimum energy performance standards, indicated by an energy-saving label, for electric cooking appliances.