Indonesian President Joko Widodo reminds the village fund provided by the government for the people to be used effectively. It was remarked by President when attending a socialization on the 2019 Village Fund’s Usage Priority and Evaluation of Banten Province Development Policy and Rural Empowerment, in Tangerang, on Sunday (11/4). On the occasion, President encouraged village apparatus and all parties to cooperate in a bid to ensure the effectiveness of village fund. Besides being used for building infrastructure, village fund can also be utilized to establish people’s economy.
“To village apparatus and all related parties, let’s supervise the use of village fund, so that it can be used effectively and provide benefits for our society especially for village society. The application of village fund has attracted other countries to implement the program. The World Bank told that a number of countries would like to apply the village fund program. They would like to know how it is applied, transferred, and used. Therefore, in the future, we hope village fund can be used not only to develop infrastructures, but also to empower rural economy and support village’s innovations,” said Joko Widodo.
Furthermore, President Joko Widodo pointed out that the village fund program has been allocated since 2015 and it has successfully repressed the number of poverty and stunting cases in society. Meanwhile, Indonesian Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Minister, Eko Putro Sanjoyo told that the government successfully disbursed more than 99% of the total village fund to society in 2018. According to him, the achievement reflects the better management of village fund and the progress of rural development. (VOI/Ndy/Trs: Amanda/DP)