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Jakarta sets to pass 2020 budget despite notes from ministry

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 25, 2019   /  10:20 pm
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The Jakarta Council’s budget committee discusses the city budget at the council building in Central Jakarta on Aug. 29, 2018. (kompas.com/Nursita Sari)

Following the Home Ministry’s evaluation of the draft 2020 budget endorsed by the Jakarta administration and Jakarta Council in mid-December, the capital is set to start fresh with an Rp 87.95 trillion (US$6.3 billion) budget next year.  The ministry has delivered its evaluation of the draft budget to the city administration, dated Dec. 20, which was followed by a discussion between the Jakarta administration and the council on Monday. The administration and councillors previously endorsed the draft budget on Dec. 11 at the same amount, an increase of 1.2 percent from this year's budget of Rp 86.89 trillion. In the evaluation, read out by city secretary Saefullah in front of councillors on Monday, the ministry questioned three proposed programs that it claimed to not have legal basis. The first program was Rp 146 million allocated for physical fitness tests for...