TEMPO Interactive, Semarang : Thursday, 28 October, 2010 | 14:14 WIB
The Central Java Regional House of Representatives’ (DPRD) Commission A has finally approved the Rp1.2 billion budget to establish a Central Java Information Commission for 2011. The funds came from next year’s Central Java Regional Budget.
According to the Central Java Information Commission Chief, Rahmulyo Adiwibowo, they initially requested for Rp2 billion. The DPRD only approved Rp700 million. “After some negotiations, we asked for an additional Rp500 million, and the amount agreed Rp1,2 billion,” he said yesterday.
The budget allocation for the 2011 Information Commission, Rahmulyo said, is smaller than in 2010. This year, the Information Commission received Rp2.8 billion. Rahmulyo admitted that the budget in the first year was much bigger, especially for office equipment.
Since it became operational last May, the Central Java Information Commission has received many complaints on information dispute. However, said Rahmulyo, the disputes have not escalated to trials in court.