Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Vice Chairman, Laode Muhammad Syarif (left), accompanied by KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah, is seen giving statements to the press on a recent break-in operation, Jakarta, Wednesday (2/8). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The government has disbursed Rp67 trillion worth of Village Funds this year. Village Funds are funds distributed to villages to run village administration, build infrastructure, and support and empower villagers, with the goal of improving public services, advancing village economies, narrowing development disparity between villages and improving the condition of villagers.
However, spending of the fund has been an issue and village officers have been arrested for embezzling the money. In a break-in operation on Tuesday (2/8) in Pamekasan, East Java, for instance, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested a village chief, a local attorney and the regent of Pamekasan was allegedly involved in the corruption.
KPK has said in its research that Village Funds have been vulnerable to corruption. "KPK has conducted research on prevention of Village Funds embezzlement. We conducted the research as we see weaknesses in four aspects: regulation, implementation, supervision and human resources," said Laode M Syarif, Vice Chief, KPK, Wednesday (2/8).
President Joko Widodo had previously warned village administrators to use Village Funds appropriately or they would be corruption suspects.
"I have disbursed Rp60 trillion and that is not a small amount. The money aims at improving villages, but it could also lead to village chiefs named as suspects," he said, in a coordination meeting at the State Palace, Thursday (18/5).
According to the President, the government has been disbursing more money as Village Funds. In 2015, the fund reached Rp20 trillion. In 2016, the amount was raised to Rp47 trillion. This year, the total is Rp67 trillion. (dtc)