Making regional autonomy work
“Money politics has undermined regional autonomy,” said Vice Minister for State Administrative Reform and Bureaucracy Reform (PAN&RB) Eko Prasojo at the discussion commemorating regional autonomy day in Jakarta, on Wednesday (25/4). " There is overregulation between central and local governments, uncontrolled natural resources management, and recruitment is not based on merit. We need a moratorium on hiring civil servants, to improve recruitment systems and to ensure that competent personnel are not all concentrated in Java.
Siti Zuhro of LIPI said that regional autonomy has failed to deliver better services to the people. "Puplic welfare will be improved only when Democracy (from the people, by the people and for the people), regional autonomy (serving the people well) and bureaucracy reform (creating transparent, accountable and effective governance) are implemented together and wholeheartedly," she said.
Director General for Regional Autonomy Johermansyah Djohan said that quality regional autonomy needs the revision of policies, and the revision of Law No. 32 year 2004 is under submision. The proposed revisions give rewards for good performance and punish inneffective local governments, clarify the concept of decentralization in the Indonesian context, and to clarify the authorities between central and regional governments.