Natuna regency, Riau Islands (Kepri) Province getting budget allocation from the central government amounting to Rp124 billion to improve the welfare of community in some districts bordering the neighboring countries.
Financial assistance amounting to Rp124 billion was provided by the central government through the Border Management Agency as an effort to catch the border area.
Site kepri.antaranews.com preach, a fund of it earmarked for port development and repair and procurement of fishing vessels.
Members of House of Representatives Special Committee on Border Region Hardy S Hood said the district is located on the border of getting financial assistance from the Border Management Agency every year.
He proposed to the central government to the same help is also provided to some districts in the city of Batam for Singapore's borders.
Development of border areas, according to him not only from the aspect of defense and security, but to build the economy and public welfare.
''To the Riau Islands Province, central government has budgeted approximately Rp 100 billion for the development of some regions bordering other countries.
Riau Islands Province which consists of thousands of islands bordering Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
At least there are 17 islands are bordered by four countries.
In addition to Natuna and Batam, Karimun regency also borders with Singapore and Malaysia.
However, Karimun Regency has not received such assistance because they have not had a Border Management Agency as a condition of aid. (kepri online daily)