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Lapindo mudflow compensation to be finalized in September

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

| Tue, August 25, 2015 | 04:28 pm

President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo promised on Tuesday that the government would finalize compensation for victims of the Lapindo mudflow by the end of September.

Jokowi said that the Rp 767 billion (US$54.5 million) compensation fund would be disbursed from the state budget and had been approved by the House of Representatives.

'€œMy target is for it all to be paid by the end of September,'€ he said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

The President also expressed hope that all related stakeholders could work together to complete the administrative process for the compensation payments.

'€œI have said to ministers and to the head of Sidoarjo Mudflow Handling Agency (BPLS) and to the governor and the regent, do not postpone the payment,'€ Jokowi said.

Jokowi also called on Sidoarjo residents to spend the money wisely.

'€œEach family will receive an average of Rp 300 million. That'€™s a large amount. Please do not spend it all on consumptive things. Use it for something useful,'€ he said. (edn/ika)(++++)

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