BENGKULU, NNC - Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo stressed that village funds cannot be used to pay salaries of teachers in the village.
Minister Eko also emphasized three focuses on the use of village funds, namely infrastructure development, community empowerment, and empowering the village economy.
"PAUD [Early Childhood Education] actually falls within the framework of empowering rural communities. But later it will be taken over by the Ministry of Education and Culture. So village funds cannot be used to pay teacher salaries. This time we focus village funds on economic empowerment and community empowerment because if we don't focus, all of the village funds will be used to pay teacher salaries," explained Minister Eko.
He further suggested each village to strengthen economic empowerment by forming Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes). Because the BUMDes can increase the income of villages and rural communities.
"Many villages have very large dividends. Dividends from the BUMDes are part of the Village Budget whose use is not regulated but is determined by the Village Consultative Body which can be used for anything including providing scholarships such as in Ponggok Village wherein every house must generate one scholar funded by the village," he concluded.