Jakarta approves draft budget worth S$1.41 trillion

Jakarta approves draft budget worth S$1.41 trillion
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The Jakarta City Council has approved a 2016 city budget bill worth Rp 66.37 trillion (S$1.41 trillion), during a plenary session attended by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama on Wednesday.

The plenary session, chaired by City Council Speaker Prasetjo Edi Masrsudi, was also attended by 73 of the city's 106 councilors, tribunnews.com reported.

Following approval, the city budget bill was handed over to Governor Ahok. The city administration is now expected to submit the budget to the Home Affairs Ministry for further evaluation, after which the ministry has 15 days to evaluate the bill before returning it to the city administration.

There had been open debate between the governor and city councilors over the draft and reportedly, Governor Ahok had to work overtime for nearly two weeks to scrutinize the budget documents prepared by the city administration budgetary team.

Ahok and city councilors looked satisfied following the approval, seen engaged in friendly talks on sidelines of the City Council plenary session.

Ahok expressed his gratitude to city councilors, who have closely examined the draft city budget prepared by his subordinates, adding that he hoped that the councilors would continue to monitor the implementation of the activities planned within the budget document.

With the approval of the 2016 city budget, the city administration will be able to speed up the process of city development, according to Ahok. "I call for the enhancement of the spirit of partnership between the City Council and the City Administration," said Ahok in his speech.

The total city revenue for 2016 is projected to reach Rp 58.2 trillion and to date, Rp 7.9 trillion of the current budget remains unspent.

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