The government continues to ease the process of disbursing village funds. This step is done so that the village funds really have a positive impact for the acceleration of rural development. If previously the new disbursement process can be done the earliest in March, starting this year the village head can receive village funds in January. In addition, the disbursement requirements are also facilitated in which the accountability format of the use of village funds that must be submitted by the village government is made more simple.
“We have done an evaluation from last year, for this year there is a change of form to further facilitate the disbursement of village funds. If last year can only be liquid in March, August or even there is December, for this year January can be disbursed, “said Minister of Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT) Eko Putro Sandjojo as a speaker in National Student Workshop Village on Sumba Island, organized by the Indonesian Christian Student Movement (GMKI) in Waikabubak, West Sumba District.
He explained that the effort to facilitate the disbursement of village funds is a government commitment to make villagers really benefit from village funds. According to him, the village funds in the last three years have proven to be a great help in the availability of infrastructure from roads, bridges, to the availability of early childhood education facilities (PAUD) and Posyandu.
This year, Eko said the village funds will be channeled through three stages: January, March, and July. Later village funds will be disbursed gradually in which January as much as 20 percent, in March as much as 40 percent and July as much as 40 percent.
“Village funds should be used as much as possible for the welfare of the people. Therefore, do not use contractors to work on projects that are sourced from village funds, “he said.
On the occasion, Eko asked for strengthening the role of regional head and village head in managing the village fund. According to him there must be harmony between the bupati and the village head in directing the use of village funds to fit the needs of the community. In addition, solid cooperation between the district government and village government in accelerating the disbursement of village funds.
“Success or failure of each village, depending on the village head and regents. I challenge the village, do not let the money has reached the district, the village is not ready, “he added.
Regent of West Sumba, Agustinus Niga Dappa Wole, said Sumba needs mentoring from young intellectuals after graduation. And thanks to Kemendes PDTT for helping to develop the transmigration area. He hopes the existence of cross-sector synergicity to accelerate development in West Sumba consisting of 63 villages with a population of 15,8601 inhabitants.
“West Sumba has excellent products ranging from livestock, fisheries, agriculture, plantations, national parks, beaches and cultural tourism,” he said.
Meanwhile, GMKI General Chairman Martin Philip Sahat Sinurat hoped that the students would move and be called to serve the village.
“We from GMKI hope that Sumba Island is an example of good relations between villagers and investors, local governments and others, how to get involved in village development through village funds,” he said.
During his working visit to West Sumba, Mendes Eko also inaugurated PAUD Lolo Ole in Kalimbukuni Village, Waikabubak and inauguration of Kampung Lete Kamugila rebel road, Bera Dolu Village, Doli District, Kab. West Sumba which uses village funds in 2017 amounted to 74 million, the work is done by self-managed local community