State Civil Apparatus should prevent possible bad upshot for PDIP in 2024

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Commission II has hearing meeting with Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, in DPR Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (18/11/2019). (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – In the Committee II of the House of Representatives (“DPR RI”) hearing related to the Ministry of State Administration and Bureaucratic Reforms (Pendayagunaan Aparatur Negara dan Reformasi Birokrasi – “PAN-RB”), Minister of PAN-RB Tjahjo Kumolo presented a number of policies relating to the State’s Civil Apparatus (Aparatur Sipil Negara – “ASN”), including the trimming of echelon positions. Tjahjo further explained 10 primary actions the of the Ministry will take in order to generate professional, honest, creative, innovative, and neutral ASN in work meetings. These include talent management, solidification of functional positions, and recruitment of ASN. 

DPR RI Committee II member Hugua has requested that the Ministry of PAN-RB provide a more in-depth explanation concerning the rumors about the plans for trimming echelon positions within the ASN structure. “If there is no explanation soon, the lower levels might have reason to feel unrest,” he stated during Committee II’s work meeting with the Minister of PAN-RB at the DPR Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, on Monday (18/11/2019). 

Meanwhile, DPR RI Committee II member Cornelis reminded Tjahjo to be careful in setting any policies. He does not want bad policy implementation to cause ASNs to become hostile to his party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle – (“PDIP”). “We request that Mr. Tjahjo skillfully manage this issue, in order to prevent ASNs from becoming vindictive,” he said. 

In terms of a number of policies that would affect ASN, Chairman of DPR Committee II Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung stated that the Committee will establish a specific ASN Task Force. The Task Force will monitor the selection of Candidate Civil Servants (Calon Pegawai Negeri Sipil – “CPNS”) and help resolve part-time worker issues in Government agencies. “We are pushing for the appointment of a Task Force for this issue (ASN). They might be called the ASN Task Force, and their function is to monitor the running of CPNS selection and recruitment, and to resolve issues relating to former part-timers,” he said. 

Doli stated that Committee II discovered many problems relating to State Apparatus and bureaucracy, including the high number of freelance workers in Government agencies. This is contradictory, as the Government keeps on opening CPNS selection, but fails to resolve issues relating to part-time workers. “We want to resolve this unending freelance issue. It is highly contradictory that we have many part-timers, but we continue to open CPNS selection. We will review this through the Task Force,” he said. 

Doli further stated that he planned for the ASN Task Force to be appointed by the end of DPR’s recess period, i.e. from 12 December to early January 2020. This appointment is urgent, in order to satisfy DPR’s monitoring duty and function. “I believe that the ASN Task Force is top priority, because we need it to resolve this unending issue,” he said. (Dan)