Executives at the National Electricity Control Development Acceleration Unit (UPK3N) have submitted their letters of resignation to Acting Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, in response to Luhut's decision to disband the ministry’s ad hoc work teams and task forces set up by former Energy Minister Sudirman Said.
UPK3N Deputy Agung Wicaksono said he, the unit chair and members had sent the resignation letters on Wednesday (24/8). "There’s been no official letter (of dissolution) today (Wednesday), but we have sent our letters of resignation," he told Katadata.
In a written statement, Agung said they were informed about Luhut's decision when taking part in a talk show on "Reaching Indonesia's Commitment in COP 21 to Reduce Emission by using Renewable Energy" on Wednesday.
"On that same day, me, the chair and members of the UP3KN submitted our resignations to the Acting Minister and left the Electricity Directorate General's building. We will let the Acting Minister organise things according to his principles and goals," Agung said.
Agung also told Katadata that the unit's executives and members decided to resign before the official disbandment because they felt that they were no longer needed. Agung declined to elaborate on the decision to disband these units. "Bottom line is the Energy Ministry has decided to close them down."
According to information gathered by Katadata, Luhut shared his plan to dissolve these work units during a meeting at the EMR Ministry offices in Jakarta on Tuesday (23/8) evening. The ministry’s Secretary General and Inspector General Teguh Pamudji chaired the meeting, which was attended by all of its adhoc work teams.
Luhut said the aim of the dissolution was to ensure the ministry works according to its structure and to avoid future problems. He said the ministry should function according to its existing structure. This means it is not necessary to establish temporary organisation or units, such as ad hoc working units.
If an organisation is unable to perform its duties, he added, it should be fixed. The same goes for a person within an organisation who cannot perform. That person should be transferred or replaced. The solution is not to form a new ad hoc unit. Also, new working units just add to the ministry’s expenses. “No additional organisations. Additional organisations mean additional costs,” Luhut said yesterday (23/8).
Teguh said the ad hoc units were legally dissolved (de facto) on Tuesday night. However, their de jure dissolution requires the EMR Minister to officially sign this decision. “It might be issued this week,” said Teguh.
Teguh said these ad hoc units performed well against the targets set by the ministry. These units were also extremely useful because if a structural unit had taken on their tasks, the EMR Ministry would have been hampered by various problems, such as time constraints and human resource problems.
Teguh concluded that the ad hoc units had been functioning quite effectively. “Many managed to avoid problems. The contribution made by Nur Pamudji to the UP3KN (Electrification Development Program Implementing Unit) was quite significant,” he said.
That's why not all units and task forces that Sudirman formed will be disbanded. "We will do as the Acting Minister instructed, but we will take into account (the units') performance records."
The Energy Ministry plans to disband several of its units and task forces in addition to the UP3KN, including the Work Control Unit (UPK), the National Exploration Committee (KEN) and the task Force for New & Renewable Energy Development Acceleration (P2EBT).
Meanwhile, Teguh said that the Bright Indonesia (Indonesia Terang) program task force might not be dismissed and could still be working closely with the Directorate General of Electricity. The same goes for the Energy Patriot Unit. The reason for not disbanding these two units is because their funding has been allocated in the State Budget.