Determined to keep abreast of affairs throughout the country, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon has installed a 'situation room' at the Presidential Palace. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
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Friday, August 06, 2010

An Overdue Warning on Misuse of Budgets

Jakarta Globe, August 05, 2010

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued the strongest warning to date against the increasing abuse of central and provincial budgets by regional politicians.

Regional governments can be important partners
in national development. But they need to accept
their responsibilities and fulfill the aspirations of
those who elected them.
Yesterday, the president gathered his ministers, governors and provincial legislative heads in Bogor in the third such event since he reassumed the presidency for a second term, and told them in no uncertain terms that he will not tolerate any misuse of national and regional budgets.

In his opening speech at the two-day meeting at the Bogor Palace, Yudhoyono warned that all budget usage would be evaluated by the government, mainly by the Presidential Working Unit for Supervision and Control (UKP4), and would be open for public scrutiny. Such transparency is long overdue and much needed.

The meeting focused on four topics — the macro economy, the state budget, regional budgets and budget acceleration. These are critical in accelerating economic growth and we applaud the president for displaying leadership on these issues.

Sadly, both the central and local legislators seem to have lost their way, using state funds for frivolous projects — often in the face of widespread public objection — instead of building infrastructure that will improve the lives of the people.

The state audit board recently found that most regional budgets have not been used to try to increase prosperity among the people, but rather to cater to the desires of officials for personal housing, offices and vehicles.

And the country has seen a steady stream of regional officials and legislators being dragged to justice, facing corruption charges linked to the misuse of budgets.

It is vitally important for the government at all levels to exercise fiscal discipline.

Understanding and the proper management of state budgets are important tools of economic growth and the enhancement of the quality of life across the country.

If used prudently and with maximum effect, state funds can drive growth and development across Indonesia, especially in rural and less-developed regions.

Such funds should be used to build roads, bridges, irrigation channels, schools, hospitals, ports, power plants and train stations.

They should be wisely used to fund projects that would benefit the people and help empower them, instead of being squandered on vanity projects.

Regional governments can be important partners in national development.

But they need to accept their responsibilities and fulfill the aspirations of those who elected them.

The president also asked his ministers and local administrations to react quickly to any abnormal hike in the price of essentials in the run-up to the Ramadan fasting month, a season traditionally marked by high consumption and skyrocketing prices.

One of the essences of good government is a synergy between the central government and regional administrations.

The two-day forum initiated by the president is an important start to this process.

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