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Jakarta Post

Jakarta Council criticizes slow budget spending

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 27, 2018   /   06:00 pm
Jakarta Council criticizes slow budget spending Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (right) and his deputy Sandiaga Uno (second right) push a trolley with documents for the draft city budget after a plenary session on the approval of the draft at the Jakarta Council building on Nov. 30, 2017. ( Carina)

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 

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)