Yogyakarta – Determination of the Law (Law) Number 6 of 2014 concerning Villages, confirms the existence of villages in the system of governance in Indonesia, and is able to become a gateway to the welfare of rural communities.
The Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Dr. Erwan Agus Purwanto, said that the most important aspect in implementing the village law and the management of village funds was supervision. As best as possible the system, including administrative methods, is crucial to ensure the effective use of village funds that are fully aimed at the interests of the community is supervision.
Therefore, even though the revolving funds target direct users, the process or application must still be supervised
“The government has committed to reducing inequality by pouring a lot of funds into the village, but it can also be bad news if this large amount of funding is not well guarded. Our homework today is how to safeguard this large village fund to arrive at its destination for benefit “rural development,” Erwan explained, Thursday (06/13/2019).
UGM Yogyakarta’s economic economist, Fahmy Radhi, said that village infrastructure development must involve the village community so that village funds have a domino effect on the village economy. In a sense, plans for infrastructure development in the village, both roads, bridges, reservoirs, and printing of rice fields, should be carried out by village contractors and involve local village workers.
However, he continued, the focus of the use of village funds, should also be based on the food production sector and do not get caught up in infrastructure development.
Encourage farmers to gain broader market access, with village financial institutions to finance village productive businesses in creating economic added value. Within the village financial institution, local financial rotation will occur, with stages of increasing the downstream product.
Meanwhile, according to DIY Secretary, Gatot Saptadi, management of village funds in 392 villages in the DIY area has been running well, although administrative problems still arise.
In 2018, the distribution of village funds in DIY reached Rp 1.138 trillion. In the first trimester of 2019, the absorption was Rp. 423.785 billion.
“We keep guarding and improving the use of village funds, through a strategy of reformulation and acceleration of poverty alleviation, through cash-intensive schemes, increasing community empowerment, and developing partnerships between entrepreneurs and village business groups,” Gatot said.
The Regional Government of DIY, Gatot continued, hopes that coordination and synchronization of policies and implementation of village fund management from the central government to the regions can continue. Thus, the accountability of the village government in managing village finances can be in accordance with the rules and trust given.
By increasing the capacity of the village apparatus, transparent accountability of village funds can also be realized. In the end, a clean, authoritative and accountable village government can be realized.