Govt may disband more agencies to slash red tape

first_img“We have come to realize that the handling of COVID-19 […] and the handling of the economy are inseparable. We’ve learned from the many countries that have put too much emphasis on health that the economic issues turn into another kind of [problem],” he explained.The regulation stipulates that the mandates of affected state agencies would be returned to the relevant ministries or taken over by the newly formed National Economic Recovery (PEN) task force or the national COVID-19 task force, both of which answer to Airlangga, who is the chairman of the national committee and its policymaking subcommittee.The Mangrove Management National Coordination Team, for example, was dissolved and its authorities were distributed to the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry. The Ease of Doing Business task force, which was established in 2017 under Jokowi, will have its duties taken over by the PEN task force.Absent from the list of dissolved agencies are three state bodies that Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko previously said were being considered for disbandment, namely the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), the National Sports Standardization and Accreditation Agency (BSANK) and the National Commission for the Elderly. When asked why some agencies previously named were not dissolved, Donny Gahral Adian, the lead expert at the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff (KSP), hinted that there might be more to come.“So far, there are 18 agencies that were disbanded with the Perpres. But there are other agencies whose tasks can be integrated with the relevant ministries that are still under review,” he told the Post on Tuesday.Jokowi floated the idea of disbanding state agencies that were deemed ineffective or that had overlapping mandates early last week. He said he would like to see a leaner bureaucracy and that the measure would help the government rein in its spending.Since then, a handful of state officials have pointed out a number of state agencies for review.Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Minister Tjahjo Kumolo told on Monday that the agencies disbanded in the new presidential regulation were not listed among the state bodies that his ministry submitted to the State Secretariat for consideration.“[The agencies] that the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Ministry recommended to be disbanded were not included in the Perpres,” Tjahjo said on Monday. He did not respond to queries for further details on Tuesday.Following Airlangga’s announcement on Monday, Tjahjo told the Post that his ministry had submitted a shortlist of state agencies to be disbanded. This list was made after evaluating state agencies’ performance and scrutinizing potentially overlapping authority.“The State Secretariat will deliberate further [whether the agencies should be disbanded]. Hopefully a decision will be reached in July,” Tjahjo said.The state agencies dissolved on Monday and those that may still be under consideration were established both by presidential or government regulations and by laws. Tjahjo has said, however, that state bodies with a mandate established by law can only be disbanded after the approval of the House of Representatives through an amendment to the law.Jokowi is no stranger to disbanding non-performing government agencies and advocating for a leaner and more agile bureaucracy.Shortly after his inauguration in 2014, Jokowi disbanded 10 agencies through Perpres No. 176/2014. He also dissolved an agency that was tasked with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation as well as the National Climate Change Council and returned their respective mandates to the Environment and Forestry Ministry in 2015.Jokowi went on to disband another 10 agencies in 2016, and another agency, the Sidoarjo Mudflow Mitigation Agency, in 2017.But critics have decried what they say is the President’s propensity to turn a blind eye to overlapping authority in the agencies that surround him.Zaenur Rohman, a researcher at Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anti-Corruption Studies (Pukat UGM), has noted that the State Secretariat, the Cabinet Secretariat and the KSP all have similar tasks.“In addition to reviewing other institutions, the State Palace itself needs to be reviewed, regarding how its agencies carry out their duties,” Zaenur said.While he expressed appreciation for efforts to control state spending, the researcher said the government would do well to review a number of its spending decisions. Some Rp 4.1 trillion (US$ 276.78 million) has been earmarked for state travel expenditures in a purported effort to support the economies of tourist destinations throughout the country.“That budget could be channeled directly to the businesses in the form of a stimulus or to sections of the public that were hit hardest by the [sluggish] economy resulting from COVID-19,” he said.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo disbanded 18 state agencies on Monday, but this may only be the beginning of a renewed drive to trim down the Indonesian bureaucracy, officials have hinted.Jokowi has signed Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 82/2020 on the COVID-19 response and the National Economic Recovery Committee, announced Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto at the State Palace on Monday.The regulation disbanded 18 state agencies in a bid to free up more resources so that the government could respond more effectively to the COVID-19 crisis, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Wide open Kentucky Derby awaits after favourite scratched

first_img(REUTERS) – The Kentucky Derby is the first step toward Triple Crown glory and this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ is more wide open than it has been in years after race favourite Omaha Beach was scratched due to injury.The betting line for today’s race went through a big shake-up after Omaha Beach, who was installed as the early 4-1 favourite, was pulled from the event on Wednesday after developing a non-life-threatening breathing problem.The absence of Omaha Beach opens the door for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is seeking to tie all-time trainer record for Kentucky Derby wins with six and now has the top three favourites in Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable. The top choice, at 9-2, is Game Winner, followed by Roadster and Improbable, who were both given 5-1 odds.But Baffert, who trained both American Pharoah and Justify to their Triple Crown wins in 2015 and 2018, respectively, is not getting ahead of himself going into the 1-1/2 mile race at Churchill Downs. “There are a lot of good horses in here,” said Baffert. “Unless we see something different on Derby Day, this is a nice evenly matched group of horses. I don’t see someone really popping off the screen.” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Justify to a Triple Crown and was supposed to be aboard Omaha Beach today, was named yesterday as a late replacement for Corey Lanerie aboard 30-1 longshot Cutting Humor.Another horse to watch will be Maximum Security (10-1) as the Jason Servis-trained bay colt enters the Kentucky undefeated in his four starts. The Kentucky Derby field was reduced to 19 horses yesterday when longshot Haikal was scratched with an abscess on left hoof. As a result, the rail will remain empty as War of Will, who had drawn the No.1 post, will now break from the second gate.There is rain in the forecast today and while it may stop by the time the horses set off at 18:46hrs ET (2246 GMT) it is most certain they will contest the race on a wet track. Wet conditions will prove beneficial to some horses, perhaps none more so than War of Will (20-1), who last November raced on a muddy track at Churchill Downs in his first start on dirt and breezed to a five-length victory.But the Mark Casse-trained colt may need all the help he can get after an unfavourable draw has the son of hot Sire War Front starting from a post that has not produced a winner since 1978.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Otumfuo Osei Tutu II dissolves Kotoko management and board

first_imgInformation reaching reveals Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has dissolved the entire management and board members of Kotoko with immediate effect.The dissolution comes after a week when Executive Chairman, Dr. K. K. Sarpong resigned.Meanwhile the life patron has appointed a three member committee to steer the affairs of the club.These members are former captain of the club Opoku Nti, Coach Didi Dramani and CK PokuMore to follow…….last_img