The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo promised a significant paycheck increase for religious counselors when he met with around 5,000 religious counselors in Semarang, Central Java, on Saturday.
The pay rise will be given to religious counselors who have been hired by the Religious Affairs Ministry on a contractual basis.
The ministry employs religious counselors for the six religions recognized by the state — Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
According to the ministry, of 81,000 religious counselors, 45,000 are hired by the government on a contractual basis.
“We hope the paycheck will be doubled. If not this year, then next year,” Jokowi said to the audience’s applause.
The President said that he would talk to the regional legislative councils regarding the matter.
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