Indonesian President Joko Widodo highlighted the high level of responsibility carried out by all village heads in Indonesia, especially related to the management of Village Funds. This was conveyed by the President after giving a briefing to the Participants of the National gathering of Indonesian Village at Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Wednesday (10/4). The central government has poured some 257 trillion rupiah of village funds in the past five years. According to the President, the management of the funds gave a great responsibility to the Village Head. Therefore, the government will provide operational funds for each village head. This operational fund is intended to enable village heads to work optimally in managing and supervising the use of village funds.
“The village funds that we poured into the village are now Rp 257 trillion. This is big money. What does it mean? The village head has a big responsibility in every use of the budget in the village, for whatever. Thus, it is also necessary for village heads to control the operational funds, supervise the use of village funds in the field that can really be effective,” said the President.
Furthermore, President Joko Widodo said, the village heads would also be liable to report on the use of operational funds. However, the report is expected not to burden village heads, because it is oriented towards the successful use of village funds. Operations for the village head will still be discussed by the government. According to the President, discussion of the details of operational funds for the village head has been submitted to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)