According to Jakarta Globe, the Indonesian government is behind deadline for electronic ID cards distribution to residents. The government was supposed to complete citizen’s data recording and the distribution of e-KTP card by this month but they have extended the deadline to mid-2017.
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Last week, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that due to corruption the distribution of cards has been delayed. Personal information and fingerprint scans are in the chip. This chip is used to issue passports, driving license, tax numbers, insurance, land rights, and other identification documents.
According to the ministry figures, 22 million people have not yet registered their data with the government for the cards since the launch of the project which was in year 2011.
The losses from the project amount is IDR 1.12 trillion which is US$84 million. An investigation is being carried on to the former director of citizenship information.
Less cards for the number of population
There were a number of complaints by the city governments regarding the low number of cards for its population, while other may have too many. For example, out of 1.2 million residents in Semerang, 20,00 have not yet received their cards, and another 69,000 have not even registered their data with the government.
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