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26 Aug 2020

Hearing Meeting with DPR RI Commission X: DPR Supports National Library Proposing Budget Increase

Senayan, Jakarta - DPR RI Commission X specifically appreciates the results of National Library financial report 2019 announced by Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) some time ago. This means that from 2016 to 2019, National Library has succeeded in maintaining the title Proper Without Exception (WTP) for four consecutive years. However, the achievement does not automatically increase National Library of Indonesia’s budget in 2021. DPR RI Commission X suggested that National Library of Indonesia should be more proactive in communicating with Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas and Ministry of Finance so that National Library’s annual budget can be increased.

At the Hearing Meeting (RDP) held on Wednesday (26/8), member of DPR RI Commission X Sofyan Tan regretted why National Library of Indonesia budget is still in the range of billions. In fact, President Jokowi has clearly prioritised the development of superior human resources, one of which focuses on the use of social inclusion-based libraries to improve people's welfare.

"National Library can propose a larger budget of at least Rp1 trillion. However, it must be accompanied by a series of creative and innovative programmes,” explained Sofyan.

Another injection of motivation also came from another member of Commission X, Andreas Hugo Pareira, who asked National Library to leave its comfort zone in proposing budget. "You should dare to add the budget because Indonesia is vast, but still focuses on service affordability at national scale, especially in the regions," he said.

In line with Sofyan, Djohar Arifin also assessed that National Library could ask for a portion of education allotment allocation of 20% of the total APBN for the needs of developing school libraries. "At least National Library can ask for Rp10 trillion from the state budget allocation for education," explained Djohar.

Moreover, the condition of school library is still very minimal. It seems impoverished. This also triggered Ledia Hanifa Amaliah to encourage National Library of Indonesia to improve the condition of school libraries. “The condition that I witnessed when I visited was far from ideal. Both in terms of supporting facilities and infrastructure to collections owned. Especially in the midst of the current pandemic condition, it seems it will be difficult to expect literacy to grow well with such abilities," added Ledia.

Getting a lot of support, Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando said he would immediately prepare logical arguments for additional budget. Regarding the planning of innovative programmes/activities, National Library will adjust to four levels of literacy according to UNESCO standards, namely (1) the ability to collect quality reading material sources, (2) the ability to understand the implied from the expressed, (3) the ability to generate ideas/creativity, and new innovations, and (4) the ability to create goods/services that are beneficial to the public.

"If the budget is successfully increased, we guarantee that it will be able to help reduce unemployment rate through the availability of reading material collection of applied sciences (life skills) so that community can directly applied. There have been many people who have succeeded in improving their welfare standards through social inclusion- based library programmes," said Syarif Bando.

In addition, National Library in the near future will study how to apply for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds from BUMN/BUMD for library development in the regions.




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