The government justifies continued to boil all scenarios regarding the possibility to raise prices of fuel oil ( BBM) . In fact , does not preclude that step is executed in politics , as long as the situation is urgent and there is a green light from the House of Representatives ( DPR ) .
It was announced by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa at his office , Friday ( 11/4 ) . Although the realization of gasoline and diesel consumption in the first quarter and 23 percent can be saved , but the government ‘s financial burden remains high due to the weakening of the exchange rate .
Maintain a safe limit current fuel price , Hatta said , is when the budget deficit exceeds 3 percent . ” Indeed, we can control the consumption , but the impact of the exchange rate no effect. So , we may not take the policy , when the deficit has exceeded three per cent , ” he said .
CMEA said processing various scenarios to address the issue of energy subsidies discussed by the Fiscal Policy Office , Ministry of Finance . Options that exist not just raise prices , but also there is the application of fixed subsidies .
However , all types of policies related to subsidies that can not be decided unilaterally by the government . Hatta confirms House will always be involved , if this year would indeed have plans to change the fuel subsidy .
" Of course with the House . I can not necessarily raise the price . Clearly the government tried to keep the deficit does not exceed 3 per cent , if something happens , yes we do something , we exercise all options , " he said .
While personally , Hatta had some additional criteria if there is no option to raise prices of subsidized fuel . The previous government should have a study on the potential negative impact of the policy , especially to the poor . Unpopular measures that also should not cause conflict in society .
" Everything needs to be studied , including the social impact to the community , and how this can be implemented , " said Hatta .
Previously , the Ministry of Finance gave the signal getting back receiving raising subsidized fuel prices in the near future . The possibility was considered the government to suppress the surge of fuel subsidy in the budget .
" What can I say , the possibility of increased fuel prices would not be rule out ( get rid of ) , " said Finance Minister Chatib Basri , earlier this week .
Bank Indonesia has asked the government do not hesitate to raise subsidized fuel prices . If anticipated , raising the price of fuel subsidy excesses on the local economy can be minimized .
When the price of fuel subsidy was increased in March , inflation in 2013 is predicted above nine percent . However , the fact that the government and the central bank is able to prevent the continued impact of the nonpopulis policy , so that the inflation rate is only 8.36 percent last year .
" Thanks to the good coordination and efforts to anticipate , " said Director of the Department of Economic and Monetary Policy Bank Solikin M. Juhro .
Data Pertamina said , until March 31 last , the realization of the distribution of diesel by 3.85 million kiloliters , or 27.2 percent of this year’s quota of 14.14 million kiloliters . The figure increased by 3.9 percent than the same period last year were only 3.7 million kiloliters .
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Meanwhile , consumption of premium realization I/2014 quarter reached 7.1 million kiloliters , or 22 percent of the quota this year 32.32 million kiloliters . The realization was increased 1.63 percent or 120 thousand kiloliters than the same period last year which only 6.98 million kiloliters .