Denny W. | Papuan Observer
Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights (Wamenkumham) Eddy Hiariej said that his party proposed that the Draft Law on Special Autonomy (RUU Otsus) Papua could be ratified into law in the DPR Plenary Meeting on Thursday (15/7).
“The passage of the Special Autonomy Law will accelerate sustainable development in Papua”
In order to pursue the time for ratification, he proposed that the time for discussing the problem inventory list (DIM) at the DPR Papua Special Autonomy Bill be held from 6 to 7 July 2021.
Furthermore, said Eddy, the discussion of the Papua Special Autonomy Bill entered the discussion at the level of formulation and synchronization. This will be carried out from 8 to 9 July 2021. Then, the special committee with the government is scheduled to make a first-level decision on the Papua Special Autonomy Bill. The series is scheduled to take place on July 12, 2021.
In addition, Eddy admitted that he agreed with the proposed discussion that DIM could apply technology, namely online. The government and the DPR are currently discussing plans to revise the Papua Special Autonomy Law. The DPR has formed a committee to discuss the DIM of the Papua Special Autonomy Bill.
There are several points that become the focus of discussion on changes to the Papua Special Autonomy Law. One of them is to increase the amount of Special Autonomy funds from 2 percent to 2.25 percent. In addition, there are other articles that are the focus of discussion, namely those related to Article 76 concerning the Expansion of Provinces.
Previously, the Minister of Home Affairs, Tito Karnavian, had revealed the details of the Papua Special Autonomy Fund which is planned to be increased from 2 to 2.25 percent. He explained that the increase in Papua’s special autonomy funds to 2.25 percent was not entirely in the form of block grants or grants from the central government that were not accompanied by certain conditions.
According to him, 1.25 percent of Papua’s special autonomy funds will be in the form of a specific grant, where later the provision of public services will be determined by the central government.
With the target of ratification, the Papuan people will soon be able to feel the benefits of managing the Otsus fund. The evaluation that has been carried out by the Government and the DPR will optimize the use of these funds for various developments in various fields.
It is hoped that with this number of developments, the quality of life and human resources of the Papuan people will also increase. That way, the disparity with other regions will not be too high.