JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Three government agencies have been named as likely to be axed in the anticipated move by Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to disband some government institutions in a bid to cut unnecessary spending.
“The agencies include the rather obscure National Commission for the Elderly (Komnas Lansia) and the equally unknown National Sports Standardization and Accreditation Agency,” Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said on Tuesday, July 14.
The Peatland Restoration Agency (Badan Restorasi Gambut or BRG) is another institution being considered for disbandment, said the former four-star general.
“BRG is on the list despite its good record in restoring peatland because their functions often overlap with other agencies,” Moeldoko said of the agency, whose founding in 2016 was based on a presidential order by Jokowi’s predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
“Can the Board for Disaster Management or BNPB handle fires from peatland without the BRG’s involvement? Why does BRG restore peatland when the agriculture ministry can do the job?”
Aside from disbandment, the government is also considering integrating some agencies in other ministries.
The Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform is currently reviewing the roles of these agencies, Moeldoko said.
“Many of the agencies we are considering disbanding or integrating with other government ministries were set up by Government Orders or Presidential Orders. Disbanding institutions set up by law will be lengthier as it will require Parliament’s approval.”
President Jokowi announced his intention to disband 18 agencies to reduce unnecessary spending during a cabinet meeting on 18 June.
He also disclosed the possibility of a cabinet shakeup after he reproached his ministers for lacking a sense of urgency in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Antara state news agency noted that Jokowi already disbanded 23 agencies during his first term between 2014 and 2019.
(Writer: Ihsanuddin | Editor : Fabian Januarius Kuwado)
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