Jakarta’s budget focuses on education, flood mitigation

 Jakarta’s budget focuses on education, flood mitigation
Money talks: Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (left) talks to United Development Party (PPP) councilor Abraham “Lulung” Lunggana, one of his ardent critics, as they attend a City Council plenary session on this year’s Rp 73 trillion budget.

After countless delays, the Jakarta administration has finally approved its 2015 budget at Rp 73.08 trillion (S$7.76 billion), only about Rp 200 billion higher than the 2014 budget of Rp 72.9 trillion.

In the 2015 budget year, the city expects Rp 63.8 trillion in income and Rp 67.4 trillion in spending. The numbers will be rounded up to Rp 73.08 with several funding sources including, the central government.

Details on the 2015 budget are not yet available for public access. However, Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama revealed that the Education Agency would receive the highest allocation, which he said was up to 27 per cent of the total budget, or about Rp 19.7 trillion.

"Similar to previous years, our priority this year includes education. This year, we will begin to give educational support to private school students through KJP [Jakarta Smart Card]. We also plan to renovate many schools that have facilities that are no longer considered decent for students," Ahok told reporters after the plenary session to approve the budget in the City Council building in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

Last year, the city's budget for the Education Agency totaled up to Rp 13 trillion.

Ahok also said that the city would prioritize flood mitigation, health and land acquisition projects for various plans such as plans for open green areas, reservoir development, riverbank normalization, toll roads and many other projects.

Projects for two spin-off agencies from the former Public Works Agency, the Water Management Agency and the Bina Marga (Roads) Agency, would receive a total of Rp 6 trillion, according to Water Management Agency head Agus Priyono.

Moreover, Parks and Cemetery Agency head Nandar Sunandar said that funding for projects in his agency in 2015 totaled up to Rp 1.3 trillion. The allocation, he said, included the development of open green areas.

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