Jakarta Council criticizes slow budget spending
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Council deputy speaker Muhammad Taufik has criticized the administration for low budget expenditure in the first three months of the year, as the city disbursed only 6 percent of the total budget of Rp 77.1 trillion (US$5.3 billion).
Taufik said the administration should evaluate its spending, so that the use of city funds could be more effective.
"The city administration should evaluate the spending as soon as possible. We have learned that the absorption plan is not good," Taufik said on Tuesday, according to kompas.com.
The Gerindra Party politician is a staunch supporter of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
Taufik added the city council would communicate with the city's relevant agencies to discuss the issue.
He then referred to the Finance Minister's statement that the city still had Rp 20 trillion saved at the bank in November last year.
"A lot of violations can happen if the money is not well absorbed at the beginning of the year," he said. (cal)
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