Ministry allocates 4.1 billion rupees for legal aid to the poor
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Ministry of Law and Human Rights has allocated a budget of Rs 4.1 billion for a legal aid program for poor people in East Java, which will be distributed by 65 Verified Legal Aid Providers (PBH).
Acting head of the ministry’s East Java regional office, Wisnu Nugroho Dewanto, advised legal aid providers to use the budget well.
“The budget of 4.1 billion rupees will be divided into two sectors, one for legal aid of 3.4 billion rupees and the rest for non-litigation assistance. There are 65 PBH who are entitled to take advantage of the budget, and it will depend on the accreditation of each PBH”, he explained on Saturday in Surabaya.
Currently, there are 48 PBHs with C accreditation, 14 PBHs with B accreditation and three PBHs with A accreditation, he said.
“We will do an evaluation every three months. If they don’t meet the target, the budget will be transferred to a better performing legal aid provider,” Dewanto added.
He said the PBHs had signed a contract and performance agreement with the East Java regional office of the ministry.
The measure was taken to optimize the distribution of the legal aid budget for the poor by the ministry, he explained.
According to Dewanto, his team implemented a system of rewards and penalties for managing the poor legal aid budget.
“Everything has been automated through the application of the Legal Aid Database Information System (SIDBanKum). Data on budget absorption and performance of the PBH can be checked in real time” , he pointed out.
Therefore, after the signing of the agreement, he urged the leaders or administrators of the PBH to immediately carry out their activities, in accordance with their rights and authority to help the poor facing legal trouble.
Legal assistance is an effort to protect citizens and ensure their human rights as well as access to justice and equality before the law, Dewanto said.
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