What is Lukman Do For Accelerated
Development of Disadvantaged Regions?


“OK, I ready,” said Muhammad Lukman Edy, State Minister for the Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions. He answer question about readiness himself as New Minister to replace Syaifullah Yusuf, who recently broke ranks with the PKB and joined the United Development Party. But, Lukman couldn’t explain specifically about short-term to accelerate development of disadvantaged regions program.

He hoped, society can be patient. He is being busy spreading out meeting to discuss several new programs and old program that will be continued by him.

”Slowly. We are in a meeting now, to see and more focus about the development of disadvantaged regions program. So many programs. I also want to share with officials in Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Departement to discuss next program,” he said.

Lukman will be meet a Saifullah Yusuf. He will know about job description. Lukman, whose Graduate from University of Brawijaya, major Civil Engineering, promised to cover all lacks had been doing by Saifullah. He also will continue implementation several disadvantaged region programs that have been success by Saifullah.

Basically, he said, what was done by Saifullah Yusuf, will be continued. He expected, approximately 40 areas must leave from marginal area. He stressed, acceleration alleviation marginal area.

Departement of Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions led by Saifullah Yusuf, was bring about three programs such as to develop rural areas infrastructure, to develop local economics, and empowerment of community.

Some time Before, Saifullah said, since 2005 until 2007, government has been allocating fund more than Rp4 trillion to develop several areas from marginality. But, the government just touch 15 thousand villages from 70 thousand villages.

To develop infrastructure of rural areas brought about form of giving fund directly as big as Rp250 million to each village that entered the poor category.

The government has been continue the program of PKPS BBM during 2007. Money from PKPS BBM to community for infrastructure development like road, bridge, clean water, or the other infrastructure for local community.

Now, in development local economics, Minister of Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions will continue to push attendance of production region in several areas. According to him, till at this time, the government could produce production region through the crash program of development region production in marginal Area. It was brought about through allocating of the fund as big as Rp1 billion for one year.

The Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions minister considered, several potential regencies can be free from marginal category including Madiun, Pacitan, Garut, Sukabumi, Pinrang, Bangka Selatan, Natuna, and Wonogiri.

Now, empowerment program of community Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions minister had special program in 51 regencies that were brought about through giving of help of the fund around Rp2 billion through to Rp4 billion per the year while three years were endless. For one subdistrict was given around Rp500 million through to Rp1 billion. Generally, accelerated development of disadvantaged regions program was guided to help regional government to speed up restoration and social and econimics growth.

Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Departement Progam must be increase regional government’s capacity by facilitation development partisipatif methode, empowered community and community’s agencies development planning partisipatif, such as health, education, and economics.

The program also to institutionalise implementation development partisipatif to guarantee fulfilment social requirement for foundation (education, the health), infrastructure, strengthening of the law, capacity building, as well as the climate creation of investment.

Afterwards, to make growth justice community’s access and increasing ease life of community especially poor family. Rural Society Analist from University of Indonesia, Robert MZ Lawang said, to complete and bring about several Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Departement programs, and must cooperate with regional government, whose knew true about community requirement.

He considered, Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Minister must concern to make good relations with regional government for answer difficult implementation programs. He also stressed, Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Minister must coordinated with other department. Coordination must be increase to anticipate overlap same program that was carried out by other department.

He admit, Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Minister did not have clear authority. ”Development program for rural area also carried out by Social Departemen or other department.”

He said, Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions Departement need special authority, and re-assess authority and orientation again.

“Must be connected with program in regency and cooperation with regional government. And must be open menu in accordance with the requirement for the community.”

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