Jokowi to increase soldiers’ salaries

Jokowi to increase soldiers’ salaries
An Indonesian soldier during exercise. Pay-rise to follow president's announcement.

JAKARTA - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Thursday that the government would improve the welfare of military personnel by raising their salaries by 56 to 60 per cent.

"This morning I phoned the administrative and bureaucratic reform and finance ministers about increases in the remuneration for soldiers by 56 to 60 per cent. Starting next month, the increased remuneration can be enjoyed by the soldiers," the President said at a military headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, as quoted by Antara news agency.

According to Jokowi, political and security stability would create a climate conducive to development over the next five years and ensure that Indonesia's economic growth would improve.

"With better economic growth, there will be a bigger military budget so that both the weaponry defence system and the welfare of soldiers will be able to be improved," he said.

The President was confident that through better security, problems such as illegal fishing and illegal logging could be solved for the sake of economic development.

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