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Rp 400t of regional budget funds wasted: Minister

Jakarta Post - April 14, 2017

Jakarta – Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Asman Abnur has said that many local governments at the provincial, regency and city level perform poorly, as reflected in the unnecessary disbursement of budget funds.

According to him, administrations in at least 193 of 548 provinces, regencies and cities fail to optimally implement programs in line with the targeted outcomes. Discrepancies between the actual and planned outcomes resulted in wasteful spending to the tune of Rp 400 trillion (US$30.1 billion), Asman said.

"The programs and the outcomes are out of sync. The implemented programs are not consistent with the targeted outcomes, causing too much loss, since the budget is fully spent without significant results," Asman said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Asman also noted that there were too many official trips, meetings at hotels and projects with vested interests.

"[For example] constructing irrigation [systems] while there is a lack of paddy fields, or building a dam for irrigation but not including the construction of the canals," the National Mandate Party politician went on.

The minister said he would encourage local governments with a good performance, such as the provinces of West Java, East Java and Yogyakarta, to help push for regents and mayors to revamp their performances. (afr/bbs)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/14/rp-400t-of-regional-budget-funds-wasted-minister.html