Full of Problems, Ministry of Home Affairs Decides to Replace e-KTP with IKD, What’s That?

JABARNEWS │ JAKARTA – The government through the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) has decided to stop making Electronic Identity Cards (KTP) or e-KTP. Decisions will be made in stages.

As a first step of this decision, the Ministry of Home Affairs will no longer issue blank e-KTPs. So that the service for making e-KTP for the public is valid until the stock of the blank e-KTP runs out.

Instead of e-KTP, the Ministry of Home Affairs is currently promoting the creation of digital KTP or Digital Population Identity (IKD) as the official identity of Indonesian residents.

This was stated by the Director General of Civil Registration of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zudan Arif Fakhrulloh when participating in the 2023 National Coordination Meeting on Civil Registration entitled Digitizing Adminduk for Ease of Public Services and the 2024 Pilkada in Manado, North Sulawesi, Wednesday (8/2/2023).

“So we no longer add blanks, but we digitize administrative services. Electronic ID cards are replaced with digital ID cards,” said Zudan in his statement quoted from the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

e-KTP will be replaced with Digital KTP
The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to replace e-KTP with Digital KTP. (photo: special)

Issuance of Digital KTPs, said Zudan, is a solution to replace e-KTPs that many people still complain about. At least, continued Zudan, currently there are three obstacles in printing e-KTP.

The first problem is about the budget. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the procurement of e-KTP blanks currently takes up quite a large portion of the Dukcapil budget, starting from procuring printers with ribbons, cleaning kits and films. Not to mention the internet network problems in many areas that are still experiencing problems.

Due to this internet network problem, it is not uncommon for e-KTP recordings to be sent to each region to be imperfect. As a result, the KTP that the community had been waiting for for a long time was not even made, due to the problem of failed registration. The e-KTP problem is exacerbated by the problem of fingerprint recording which often fails because it is not sent to the center.

From these problems, said Zudan, Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian then gave directions to use an asymmetrical approach, namely by digitizing population documents including the application of Digital Population Identity (IKD).

Still according to Zudan, currently Dukcapil is targeting as much as 25 percent of Indonesia’s 277 million people to use Digital Population Identity (IKD) this year. This target also applies to the Dukcapil Office in 514 districts/cities in Indonesia. (red)