JAKARTA. Downstream Regulatory Agency for Oil and Gas (BPH Migas) held socialization associated with the Government’s plan to raise fuel prices in April 2012. The issue of fuel subsidy is a populist issue, as it concerns the livelihood of people a lot, so it is not just a problem of the economy but also has become a commodity politically, because if not handled properly will be turmoil. Thus BPH Migas Committee members Ir. Saryono Hadiwidjoyo, SE, MM explained in the event that public discussion held at the Theater of the State Islamic University, Jakarta (14/3).
Furthermore Saryono explain, how the subsidy was gradually reduced, because the subsidy is now perceived less well targeted. “For example, people who have a car many many subsidies, while no car means not getting the subsidy”. he added.
Then, with the plan of arrangement, whether it’s raising the price of, or control the volume restriction or a combination of both, is not yet final. BPH Migas then appropriate duties and functions to supervise, control and distribution of subsidized fuel so that the right target, the right volume and the right price. For it will be established the Task Force. “The Task Force will be set up in order to control and supervision of subsidized fuel throughout the Homeland”.
Furthermore Saryono explained, the price of gasoline and diesel subsidy of Rp 4,500 per liter, while the price slightly below market Pertamax, the price difference is what raises the potential for misuse of fuel. That’s the price right now is the issue together. “Actually, how the heck would the right price” he said.
The Government is now trying to raise the price of Rp 1,500 per liter to Rp 6,000. “Not that the price of Rp 6,000 was not subsidized, it is still subsidized” he said. Of course the goal for the difference in price of subsidized fuel and non-subsidized fuel is not too far away so expect no more menyalahgunaan fuel, Saryono thus ending the presentation.