Jakarta (ANTARA) - Strong political intervention in bureaucracy and state apparatus is one of the challenges in the implementation of the merit system in government agencies, according to Indonesian Civil Service Commission (KASN) Chairperson Agus Pramusinto.

"There are three factors that remain a challenge in the framework of merit system implementation mandated to the KASN, one of them is the strong political intervention to bureaucracy and the state civil apparatus," Pramusinto underscored during the KASN's 9-year reflection and 2023 resolution event here Monday.

The KASN chairperson noted that so far, the agency had followed up reports of neutrality violations due to political intervention by recommending appropriate penalties and actions that employment managers should take against violating state apparatus.

According to Article 1 of Law No. 5 of 2014 on Civil State Apparatus, the merit system in the civil service system is based on personal qualification, competency, and performance assessed and implemented fairly with no discrimination.

The KASN chairperson pointed out that the two other challenges to the implementation of the merit system are corruption and the competency gap between the need and availability of apparatus with advanced qualities to occupy strategic positions in the bureaucracy.

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To suppress corruption, particularly the practice of bribery to attain a high-ranking office position (JPT), he said that KASN would be present to ensure the process of selecting high-ranking officers complied with relevant regulations.

"KASN would ensure that JPT will be occupied only by qualified, competent, and performing state apparatus," Pramusinto stressed.

Meanwhile, the agency head noted that KASN had issued 3,289 recommendations for appointments in high-ranking office positions in 2022, and KASN supervision in that year showed that the index for the quality of high-ranking office position appointment was recorded at 81.9 points, or equal to a "fair" score.

The agency would optimize implementation of the merit system in government institutions to address the issue of competency gap between the needs and availability of quality apparatus for strategic offices, he stated.

"The KASN assessment of the merit system implementation in 2022 of 460 government institutions showed that 127 institutions, equal to 47.3 percent, have a 'good' merit system implementation quality," Pramusinto remarked.

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