JAKARTA-As of May 2016, the Regional Budget (APBD) which has not been disbursed or are still stored in the bank reached Rp 246 trillion from across the provincial budget and districts / cities in Indonesia. In the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) VII Regional Inflation Control Team (TPID) at Grand Sahid Jaya, Jakarta, Thursday (08/04/2016), the President Joko Widodo asked the government in order to maximize the budget that has not been absorbed.
According to Jokowi, it is important for national economic growth. Jokowi also conveyed to the Governors and Regents / Mayors throughout Indonesia that were present on this occasion, about the things that can be done by the local government in promoting economic growth both at regional or national level.
"The first, The Government should use the budget immediately. Whether in provinces, districts and cities. As early as possible, if you can optimise it in January, use it immediately, because the money will circulate and will enhance the economic growth in the provinces, districts and cities, " said Jokowi.
"Also that until May the remaining budget was Rp 246 trillion. That is an enormous amount. And in June, it was down to Rp 214 trillion, but still above Rp 200 Trillion , "he continued.
Related to inflation, Jokowi also said some things that must be done, especially government officials TPID. Jokowi asked that the area to prepare a budget to rein in prices in the community, so that when the price of turbulent governments can do some policies to intervene in the price.
The local government can do somethings with its local budget, such as the intervention of the distribution of goods and the feasibility of road infrastructure that could determine the supply of goods. In addition, other things that can be done is by direct price control in the market, such as the selling prices of basic commodities are lower than the prevailing price in the market when it is, by subsidies or cheap market operation.
Other things that can be done, by monitoring the availability of logistics warehouses staple involving various parties, including TPID in each region. This needs to be done to avoid the price game if logistics piling up in warehouses or even to anticipate the supply of basic goods are lacking, so it must be done immediately increase the supply of goods.