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MenPAN-RB: Budget for Poverty K/L Nearly Rp 500 T, Absorbed into Comparative-Meeting Study


Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform (MenPAN-RB) Abdullah Azwar Anas flicked usage poverty budget in ministries/agencies. According to him, the budget is almost Rp 500 trillion, however its use is not in line with President Joko Widodo's target

Anas is very sorry, the government disbursed a budget of up to Rp 500 trillion was actually absorbed for meeting activities to comparative studies.

“Almost Rp 500 trillion of our budget for poverty budget spread across ministries and agencies (KL), but not in line with the target Mr. President because, K/L are busy with their own affairs,” said Anas, in the Socialization of PermenPANRB No.1/2023, at Grand Sahid Raya, Central Jakarta, Friday (27/01/2023).

“The program is poverty, but many are absorbed into poverty comparative studies. Many meetings about poverty. This I repeat again, imitating the President, and many poverty study programs and documentation so that the impact is less,” continued the former Banyuwangi Regent.

Anas says, when supervision of governance is not observed, these conditions have the potential to continue to occur repeatedly. Therefore, one of the efforts he made was by issuing PermenPANRB No. 1/2023.

“What happened was when the end of the year was busy spending the budget even though it was not in line and had an impact on the President's priorities. So, This is the governance that we will be glaring at, not the help. So we will monitor the management,” Anas said.

One of the efforts is also reflected in the assessment index of bureaucratic reform (RB) at the agency. Anas insists, now the RB value will refer to the impact on society. For example in terms of poverty alleviation, an increase in RB can be obtained if in the area there is a reduction in poverty. Now, everything becomes more measurable.

“For the RB to go up, you don't have to invite consultants and meetings at hotels so that your RB goes up. RB is impact, not just on paper. Friends at Kemen PANRB, we change the paradigm, This impact is what we measure,” he said.

While in terms of budget efficiency, Anas is also pushing for increased digitization of the bureaucracy. hope, events such as meetings held in hotels with a large number of invitees can be minimized. Events like this often cost a very large budget.