Indonesian parliament approves govt's 2022 budget as Covid-19 number are much lower - 2,057 new cases reported

JAKARTA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua): The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday approved the government's spending budget of 2,714.15 trillion rupiahs (US$190 billion) for 2022, a legislator said.

The approved target is slightly higher than the earlier proposed budget of 2,708.68 trillion rupiahs (US$189.60 billion), Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi, a member of the parliament's budget committee, said during a hearing at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Furthermore, the updated budget is also higher than this year's budget outlook of around 2,697 trillion rupiahs (US$188.79 billion).

Next year's budget consists of 1,944.54 trillion rupiahs (US$136.11 billion) allocated for the central government spending and 769.61 trillion rupiahs (US$53.87 billion) for the regional administration spending.

"The committee has also agreed that next year's economic growth projection was set at 5.2 per cent," said Rizaldi.

During the hearing, the committee also approved next year's national revenue target at approximately 1,846 trillion rupiahs (US$129.22 billion).

Therefore, both legislators and the central government agreed and set a fiscal deficit target of 868 trillion rupiahs (US$60.78 billion) for 2022, roughly 4.85 per cent of the country's gross domestic product.

In another development. the number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 2,057 in the last 24 hours to 4,211,460, with the death toll adding by 124 to 141,709, the country's Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 3,551 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from Covid-19 to 4,031,099.

To date, at least 49.65 million people in Indonesia have received two shots of vaccines, while 88.53 million have taken the first doses, the ministry said. Indonesia is targeting to vaccinate 208.2 million people. - Xinhua

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