Draft revision of 2016 state budget subject to revision: VP

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla has stated that the draft revision of the 2016 state budget must be evaluated after the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government decide their stance on the state budget.

"Of course, it must be evaluated," he said after breaking the fast along with the members of the central executive boards of the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) at the Vice Presidential Palace here on Tuesday.

The government, through the finance ministry, has raised the budget allocations for village funds and funds to be transferred to the regions by Rp15 trillion.

The vice president informed that the funds will be used to rebuild infrastructure damaged in natural disasters.

"Such rebuilding of infrastructure is the business of regional governments and not that of regional disaster mitigation boards (BNPB)," he reminded.

At a working meeting with the DPRs budget body at the parliament building here on Tuesday, the government and the DPR agreed to a new version of the budget as reflected in the draft revision of the 2016 state budget.

As per this version, village funds and funds to be transferred to the regional governments will reach Rp773.3 trillion, outstripping budget allocations to ministries and non-ministerial government institutions.

Budget allocations for the regions have been increased after an increase in revenue to be shared and special transfer funds. The revenue to be shared will increase from Rp7.6 trillion to Rp109.1 trillion, while the special fund transfer will rise from Rp7.4 trillion to Rp208 trillion.(*)