BANYUWANGI DISTRICT - The West Java Provincial Government has been named the Best Government nationally by the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs.
West Java was chosen as the best because it has the best performance among other local governments. Based on the Ministry of Home Affairs' assessment of the West Java Provincial Government, the Performance Evaluation of Local Government Implementation (EKPPD) in 2018 on the 2017 West Java Regional Government Implementation Report (LPPD) scores the best.
In addition to West Java, there are two cities and one district that received similar awards, namely Kuningan Regency, Banjar City, and Cimahi City.
West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum received an award after the 23rd anniversary ceremony of the Regional Autonomy Day in 2019 at the Diponegoro Stadium, Banyumas Regency, East Java, Thursday (04/25/19).
In commemorating the Otda Day with the theme of Improving the Quality of Better Indonesian Human Resources Through the Implementation of Creative and Innovative Regional Autonomy, Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumolo acted as the inspector of the ceremony. The ceremony was attended by around 4,000 local government representatives from all over Indonesia.
Deputy Governor of Uu Ruzhanul Ulum felt proud and grateful for the achievements achieved by West Java Province from time to time because many received appreciation from various parties.
"I express my gratitude for the togetherness, achievements, and dedication of the ASN in the Provincial Government so that today we get an award from the Ministry of Home Affairs, this award is also for all the people of West Java," the Deputy Governor said after the event.
Furthermore, Uu hopes that the award as the Best Government will be a motivation for the state civil apparatus in the West Java Provincial Government to provide the best performance in serving the community.
Uu interpreted the 23rd anniversary of Regional Autonomy Day as a reinforcement and effort to maximize local government services to the community. The concept of regional autonomy, said the Deputy Governor, is proven to bring government services closer to the community.
"What was once centralized, this authority is now delegated to regional governments according to their respective levels," he explained.
Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo who was the ceremonial inspector said that the theme of the Otda Day commemoration was a reflection of the existence and expectations of the public to the government in improving the quality of human resources to empower regional autonomy in realizing regional independence, progress and welfare.
"The journey of regional autonomy post-reform up to now can be said that there has been a lot of progress. Regional autonomy has provided solutions to encourage the progress of regional development, where community areas are encouraged and given broad opportunities to adevelop creativity and innovation," said the Minister of Home Affairs.
According to Tjahjo Kumolo, the estuary of regional autonomy is people's welfare through improving services that involve active participation of the community and other stakeholders. With the regional autonomy, Tjanjo hopes that each region can increase competitiveness while taking into account the principles of democracy, equity, justice, privilege, specificity, and diversity of regional potential.
"At least there are three principles that have changed drastically after the implementation of decentralization and regional autonomy policies," said Tjahjo.
The three principles are, he continued, namely the culture of democracy, freedom of assembly and opinion, and a bureaucracy that is not complicated.
"In regional autonomy we cannot assume that the community is merely a 'consumer' of public services, but demanded the ability to treat the community as a 'citizen', including how to improve the quality of its human resources," explained Tjahjo.