Surakarta sets up e-fee system for traditional markets
Ganug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post
The city administration of Surakarta, Central Java, hopes an electronic fee (e-fee) system that it has set up for vendors in traditional markets across the city from June 1 will prevent revenue leakages.
“This e-fee system is being applied to ensure that the payment of fees from vendors in the markets can be more efficient and transparent. This aims to prevent irregularities so there will be no revenue leakage,” Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said on Friday.
The e-fee system will be implemented in nine traditional markets, namely Depok, Gading, Gede Hardjonagoro, Klewer, Ngudi Rejeki Gilingan, Nongko, Sibela, Singosaren and Tanggul.
The e-fee system should have been implemented in March, Surakarta Trade Agency head Subagiyo said, but the launch was delayed because the administration had first to introduce the system to the vendors.
“It’s not easy to change people’s mindsets. It should be conducted slowly and patiently,” he said.
In the new system, vendors will pay the fees using e-money cards. Officers will swipe the cards on an electronic data capture (EDC) machine, after which all payments will be automatically forwarded to the Surakarta administration’s bank account.
Subagiyo said the Surakarta Trade Agency was still completing the registration process of the vendors. State lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) as a service provider is preparing equipment for the e-fee system.
“The e-fee system is really supportive of the Surakarta administration’s program to transform Surakarta into a smart city. Currently around 4,000 vendors from the nine markets are ready to implement the new system,” he said. (ebf)
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