Village Minister: Fund Programs Being a Developing Country Attention

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Wednesday, April 18 2018 - 19:30 IWST

Mendes PDTT Eko Putro Sandjojo (Foto Dok
Mendes PDTT Eko Putro Sandjojo (Foto Dok - Jakarta - Village Minister, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT) Eko Putro Sandjojo said the benefits of village funding programs are the concern of a number of developing countries.

"There are many significant changes in the village from infrastructure, education, etc. This is because of the village funding program which has been directly reviewed by other countries, including from the Asia Pacific region," Eko said as a speaker in Public Lecture "Strengthening the Role of Universities in Rural Development and Village Communities to Achieve Sustainable Development" in the Main Auditorium of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Tuesday (17/4/2018).

Minister Eko added that at least 13 countries will propose to the General Assembly of the United Nations to require all developing countries to implement village funding programs.

One of the countries that recently sent its delegation to Indonesia is Malaysia. His arrival to find out firsthand the implementation of village funding program in Indonesia.

"The Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister has come to Indonesia and has sent dozens of delegations to study in Indonesia, whereas the villages in Malaysia are more advanced than the villages in Indonesia, I have also been asked to share and discuss the village funding program with a number of countries, "he said.

Despite the world's recognition, Minister Eko revealed there are still unfinished jobs in rural development. He also invited the participation of the students to help build and empower the village.

The government has disbursed village fund funds in the last four years totaling Rp187 trillion.

In 2018, the government poured funds amounting to Rp60 trillion to 74,957 villages. To date, the data show significant development achievements in rural areas.

In the aspect of supporting the economic activities of the community, the village funds have built 123,145 kilometers of village roads, 5,220 village market units, 26,070 units of BUMDes, 1,927 units of embungs, and 28,091 irrigation units.

Meanwhile, in the aspect of improving the quality of life of the village community, village funds have been used to build clean water facilities as many as 37,496 units, 5,314 units of Polindes, 18,072 PAUD units, 11,424 units of Posyandu, 108,484 units of MCK, 38,217 kilometers of drainage and 65,918 units of land retention.

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