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09 Oct 2019

The South Kalimantan Library Service Office Budget Increases Drastically in the Realization of Smart South Kalimantan

Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan - The Commitment of South Kalimantan Provincial Government through the Library and Archives Service Office (Dispursip) to achieve the vision of a smart South Kalimantan mission, received appreciation from the National Library of Indonesia with the awarding of Nugra Jasadharma Pustaloka to the South Kalimantan Governor, Sahbirin Noor, in conjunction with the Regional Library Development Coordination Meeting of South Kalimantan city at Rattan Inn Hotel Banjarmasin on Wednesday (10/9).

Nugra Jasadharma Pustaloka is the highest form of appreciation given by the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) to those who are considered have made a major contribution in the development of library, literacy and reading culture in their regions. According to the Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, the South Kalimantan provincial government has contributed greatly to the development of the literacy culture of Banua community.

"The National Library keeps taking notes of library movement in the regions. From our data, South Kalimantan has become a region that has consistently increased the Library and Archives Service Office budget each year," said Syarif on the sidelines of the Regional Library Development Coordination Meeting of South Kalimantan city.

On the occasion, Director of the National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando said that the budget allocation for library in 2020 received the government's attention. This is reinforced by the Regulation of the Minister of Home Affairs No. 33 of 2019 concerning Guidelines for the Preparation of the Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget 2020.

"At this time the Director of National Library Regulation Number 8 of 2019 has been issued concerning guidelines for the preparation of programs and activities in the field of library within regional government scope in 2020," he continued.

Explained that library programs and activities, including library development in accordance with the National Library Standards, reading fondness civilizing in the community family education unit, preservation and development of the nation's cultural documentary heritage.

Meanwhile, Head of the Library and Archives Service Office of South Kalimantan Province, Nurliani Dardie, said that South Kalimantan is the only province in Indonesia that has a big budget for library.

"From the original number of 7 billion, up to now it has shot up to 39 billion. This amount is proportional to the number of programs that continue to be carried out by South Kalimantan Dispursip. The existence of library is in line with the mission of South Kalimantan which is to create a smart society," she said.

Reporter: Dewi Kartikasari and Wara Merdeka

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