Village administrators members of the Indonesia Village Administrators Association (PPDI) are seen demonstrating at Taman Pandang Monas, Jakarta, Tuesday (Oct.24). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The Indonesian Village Government Association (Apdesi), which constitutes active and retired village chiefs and village administrators, supports the initiative from the National Police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration to monitor management of Village Funds.
"The benefits of Village Funds are being felt directly by villages, so we support the cooperation," said Suhardi, Chairman, Apdesi, in a press release sent to gres.news, Thursday (Oct.26).
Suhardi explained that although there are still problems in the fund’s management, there also benefits that villagers are witnessing directly. "We have analyzed, there are 15 benefits, for instance, villages can now manage their own fund to improve their villagers’ welfare," he said.
Meanwhile, two of the problems is that some village chiefs still don’t know how to run the administration and regents still can’t help themselves from interfering in the fund’s management.
"The ‘scariest problem’ is some regents and village chiefs for some reason don’t like seeing villages receive the Village Fund. We call for all members of Apdesi across Indonesia to not fear the memorandum of understanding," he said.
Meanwhile, Gazali, Chairman of Apdesi-Banjar Regency Chairman, Kalimantan Selatan, also expressed his support to the government’s initiative to monitor the fund’s distribution.
"All villages chiefs must exercise the principles of transparency and accountability," he said. (mag)