Gov’t Bans Mudik, Annual Leaves for State Apparatus during Eid Holidays
Date 7 April 2021
The Government prohibits state civil apparatus from traveling out of town, mudik (returning to their hometown), and taking leaves during the 2021 Eid al-Fitr holidays.
This restriction, which was based on Circular of Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reforms (PANRB) Number 8 of 2021 on Restrictions for Intercity Travel and/or Mudik and/or Taking Leaves among State Civil Apparatus during COVID-19 Pandemic, will take effect from 6 to 17 May 2021.
The Circular was issued in response to mudik ban imposed by the Government to anticipate a potential spike in COVID-19 positive cases due to people’s mobility and to break the transmission chain.
“All state civil apparatus and their families are prohibited from traveling to other regions and/or mudik (returning to their hometown) from 6 to 17 May 2021,” the Circular that was signed by Minister of PANRB Tjahjo Kumolo on Wednesday (7/4) reads.
However, there are exceptions included in the Circular, for example, state civil apparatus are allowed to travel as long as it is an important official trip proven by a Letter of Assignment that is signed by, at least, the Echelon II Official or Head of Working Unit. The exemption also applies in case of urgency that requires state civil apparatus to travel to other regions. Prior to the travel, they are obliged to obtain a written permit from the Personnel Supervisor Officers (PPK) in their respective institutions.
Upon receiving the permit to travel, they must take into account four points: zoning map of COVID-19 transmission risk stipulated by the COVID-19 National Working Committee; regulations/policies on people’s mobility applied by local governments in regions of origin and destination; conditions, criteria, requirements, and protocols for traveling set by Ministry of Transportation and the COVID-19 National Working Committee; and the health protocols imposed by Ministry of Health.
In the same Circular, the Government also prohibits state civil apparatus from taking leaves from 6 to 17 May 2021.
“Other than collective leaves stipulated on Presidential Decree concerning collective leaves for state civil apparatus, the PPK in ministries/institutions/regional government agencies cannot grant (annual) leaves for state civil apparatus, except for maternity leave and/or sick leave and/or leave for important reasons for state civil apparatus, and maternity leave and/or sick leave for Contract-based Government Employees (PPPK),” the Circular reads.
The leaves must be granted in an accountable manner according with requirements regulated in Government Regulation Number 11 of 2017 on Management of State Civil Apparatus as lastly amended by Government Regulation Number 17 of 2020 and Government Regulation Number 49 of 2018 on Management of Contract-based Government Employees (PPPK).
Under the Circular, state civil apparatus are also obliged to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be a role model of discipline in adhering to the health protocols (wearing face mask, frequently washing hands, maintaining safe distance, avoiding crowds, as well as limiting mobility and interaction) and 3T measures (testing, tracing, and treatment) for their families and communities.
In addition, the PPK in ministries/institutions and regional governments will impose disciplinary sanctions to state civil apparatus violating the provisions of the Circular. The disciplinary sanctions are based on Government Regulation Number 53 of 2010 on State Civil Apparatus’ Discipline and Government Regulation Number 49 of 2018 on Management of Contract-based Government Employees (PPPK).
In order to ensure that the provisions of the Circular are well-implemented by all state civil apparatus, the Personnel Supervisor Officers are ordered to send an implementation report to Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reforms through https://s.id/LaranganBepergianASN no later than 24 May 2021. (MINISTRY OF STATE APPARATUS EMPOWERMENT AND BUREAUCRATIC REFORMS PR/UN) (RAS/MMB)