Kutaikartanegara (ANTARA News) - President Jokow Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana reviewed projects with budget from village development funds at Tani Bhakti village in Kutaikartanegara district, East Kalimantan, on Monday.

Accompanied by Tani Bhakti Village Head Alamzyah, Kutaikartanegara District Head Rita Widyasari, and Rural Development and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro, Jokowi and the first lady reviewed the construction of a clean water filtration and a retention basin in Tani Bhakti village.

On the occasion, the head of state remarked that the village development funds in Kutaikartanegara district were used appropriately in accordance with the needs of the community.

According to him, Rp201 million was spent for the development of the clean water filtration project, and Rp238 million was spent on the 5,000-square-meter water retention basin.

The government of Jokowi and Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla is undeniably serious about developing rural areas across regions in Indonesia.

In a bid to develop more than 74 thousand villages across the country, the government has allocated Rp20.7 trillion in funds last year to offer a direct boost to rural economic growth, including support to small businesses in the villages.

According to village Law No. 6 of 2014, every village will receive 10 percent of the total funds transferred by the central government from the state budget, along with 10 percent from the regional budget.

However, such a large amount of money cannot be divided arbitrarily, as it belongs to all the people of Indonesia and has to be used properly without any misappropriation.

Therefore, the entire amount will not be given immediately but gradually over a period of five years with certain provisions.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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