Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Ministry and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have decided to integrate their applications to prevent the misappropriation of village funds.

The applications are the Village Integrated Public Information and Public Complaint Handling System (Sipemandu) and the Village Guard application.

Based on the President's instructions, there are two important points concerning village funds that need to be ensured, secretary general at the ministry Taufik Madjid said here on Tuesday.

First, the benefit of village funds must be felt by villagers. Second, village funds should contribute to the improvement of village human resources' quality, which can only begin with economic recovery and people's prosperity, he explained.

Through this integration, both Village Sipemandu and Village Guard can directly see submitted reports for immediate collective handling so that village funds can benefit villagers, he explained.

"The effect of village fund maximization can be directly felt by villagers so that they can improve their economy and prosperity," he said.

In addition, the ministry has prepared a number of reporting or complaint channels, which include the Village Sipemandu application, website, and social media managed by the Public Relations Bureau, Madjid highlighted.

Alternatively, people can directly file a report with the Inspectorate General, Technical General Directorate, KPK, and State Secretariat.

Meanwhile, KPK's prevention deputy Pahala Nainggolan said that the Village Guard application provides information or literacy on village funds and serves as a discussion forum that contains reports and complaints.

"We expect, in addition to this, there will also be good practices that villages have carried out," he added.

He said he expects that the synergy will allow information on programs and achievements made throughout this time to be publicized via the Village Guard application.

"This is to show that the Village Funds are proven to be successful and provide a positive tone to the people," he added.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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