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Anies criticized for raising budget for team of aides without performance audit

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 10, 2019   /  03:37 pm
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan signs a memorandum of understanding for Jakarta's 2020 budget priorities and preliminary threshold on Aug. 14.(Kompas.com/Ryana Aryadita Umasugi)

During deliberation of the Jakarta administration’s 2020 budget priorities, it was revealed that the city would allocate Rp 21 billion (US$1.48 million) for the Governor's Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP). The budget for the team, which serves only as a bridge between the governor and the city’s working units to speed up coordination, has continually increased since 2017, starting at 1 billion in 2017 before rising to Rp 18.9 billion in 2018 and Rp 21 billion this year. Data on the TGUPP is available for the public on apbd.jakarta.go.id. “The increase is to anticipate additions and adjustments to the members’ ranks,” Jakarta Development Planning Board (Bappeda) head Sri Mahendra Satria Wirawan said as reported by kompas.com on Oct. 3. Mahendra was referring to the eight salary groups in which the TGUPP members are divided, as stated i...