The Jakarta Post
The City Council’s budget committee has committed to finishing the deliberation of a bylaw on the 2018 budget on time by the end of this month, as regulated by the Home Ministry.
The council’s speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi said the councilors would intensify their efforts to complete the deliberation this November. “Insyaallah [God willing] the bylaw will be deliberated on Nov. 27. We will go on a work marathon,” Prasetio said on Friday as quoted by beritajakarta.com.
The deliberation of the bylaw was postponed previously because the council returned the draft budget to the city administration on Oct. 18, claiming that it had yet to accommodate the programs of new Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
The administration, in fact, had submitted the draft budget to the council four months earlier, on June 16.
The administration then handed the draft budget back to the council on Oct. 25 and both institutions had started discussing the draft budget on Nov. 2.
City Secretary Saefullah explained that the administration proposed an increase of Rp 2.72 trillion (US$200 million) in the 2018 draft budget, from Rp 74.06 trillion to Rp 76.78 trillion, to be allocated for Anies’ programs like the One District Once Center of Entrepreneurship (OK OCE) and the zero rupiah down-payment housing program. (vny)