Jakarta, The Gulf Observer: Vice presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka affirmed his commitment to advancing agrarian reform and bolstering support for rural development by increasing the budget for village funds. These promises were articulated during his opening speech at the second vice presidential debate organized by the General Election Commission (KPU) in Jakarta on Sunday.
Gibran emphasized that the Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka ticket is dedicated to continuing vital programs such as the Complete Systematic Land Registration (PTSL), land redistribution, and the implementation of the one map policy. These initiatives aim to address land ownership issues and promote more equitable land use across the country.
In particular, the continuation of the Complete Systematic Land Registration program and land redistribution underscores their commitment to resolving land-related challenges and fostering an environment of fair and inclusive land ownership.
Highlighting the transformative impact of village funds, Gibran pointed out their efficacy in reducing the number of underdeveloped villages while simultaneously increasing the number of developing and independent villages. To build on this success, he pledged to augment the budget allocated to village funds, aligning with the fiscal capacity of the nation.
“The budget for village funds will be increased in accordance with the fiscal power in the country,” Gibran affirmed, underlining the importance of sustained financial support for rural areas.
The vice presidential debate, a pivotal component of the election process leading up to the general elections scheduled for February 14, 2024, focused on key themes including natural resources, food, carbon tax, environment, agrarian issues, and traditional communities.
This debate follows previous election-related events, including the first presidential debate on December 12, 2023, the first vice presidential debate on December 22, 2023, and the second presidential debate on January 7, 2024. The upcoming elections will see three pairs of presidential and vice-presidential candidates in contention: Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Ganjar Pranowo-Mahfud MD.