Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jembrana Village in Land-Fee Extortion Probe

NEGARA

New allegations of extortion by village administrations over land certificates have emerged at Pengambengan, Jembrana, but have been denied by village secretary H. Asmuni Truyadi who claimed the Rp600,000 (US$68) charge was to cover administration and contribute funds to village projects.

Asmuni said a small village committee had been formed and had proposed the Rp600,000 charge, which the village in general then agreed to.

Land certificates are supposed to be validated free of charge to certificate holders under a government scheme that pays village administrations Rp300,000 ($34) per certificate. The scheme is designed to provide people with secure land title.

Allegedly unauthorised extra village charges for the service are being widely investigated in Bali and in other provinces.

Asmuni said this week: “We can explain to the government.”

He said some people had not paid the agreed village fee and the village was now owed about Rp60 million ($6,800).

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