Jakarta: Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar has revealed that there are several factors which cause the number of villages to decrease.
He declined the claim that several villages are starting to disappear. He said that one of the factors is creation of new regions.
“The number of villages is starting to decrease not due to disappearance of villages but several of them have been transformed into urban communities (kelurahan),” Abdul said here on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
According to him, another reason is the wrong data input. As a result, he called for better verification process to detect mistakes.
"This has also brought about the misperception that several villages are starting to disappear,” he said.
However, he did not deny that there are new villages due to regional expansion. “Due to large regional area, rural areas were split into new villages," he said. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)