Cabinet Secretariat Reports Budget Cut by Rp26.33 Billion This Year
Cabinet Secretariat has cut its budget by Rp26.33 billion for the 2021 budget year.
“Due to COVID-19, we refocused (our budget) and we cut it by Rp5 billion. And following the the last letter from Ministry of Finance on Ministry/Agency Spending Cut, we slashed our budget again by Rp21.33 billion,” Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said said during a working meeting with Commission II of the House of Representatives (DPR) overseeing home affairs in Jakarta, Wednesday (2/6).
Following the budget cuts, Pramono said that the 2021 budget ceiling for Cabinet Secretariat, which was originally set at Rp339.76 billion, has been cut to Rp313.43 billion.
From that allocation until 20 May 2021, Rp99.24 billion or 31.66 percent of the cut budget has been realized. The budget is used for the President and Vice President’s Service Delivery Program as well as Management Support Program.
Based on the types of spending, realization for goods spending reached Rp23.16 billion, while realization for capital spending reached Rp2.03 billion.
For the 2022 budget year, according to Pramono, the Indicative Ceiling of Cabinet Secretariat is Rp326.32 billion that will be used for operational spendings (Rp247.75 billion) and non-operational spendings (Rp78.56 billion).
In the meantime, to optimize the role in providing support for cabinet management to the President and Vice President, Cabinet Secretariat has proposed additional budget for 2022.
“Cabinet Secretariat submitted a proposal for additional budget because it is deemed necessary. We sincerely hope that the proposed additional budget for Cabinet Secretariat can be fulfilled by leadership and members of Commission II,” Pramono said.
Furthermore, the proposed additional budget will be used for, among others, providing equipment for convening cabinet meetings, preparing for the Final Assessment Team (TPA) sessions, performing duties of the Presidential Special Staff (SKP), managing documents/archives, library materials and information system, conducting staff competency tests, conducting internal controls, and covering operational costs. (RF/UN) (FI/EP)