Danisha R. | Papuan Observer
The revision of the Papua Special Autonomy Law (UU Otsus Papua) is very important to encourage the proper management of Otsus funds. With the proper management of Otsus funds, it is hoped that the welfare of the Papuan Orang Asli (OAP) will increase.
With the amendment of Law Number 2 of 2021 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua, it is hoped that the management of the policy budget is right on target. So this will
It is known, the House of Representatives (DPR) ratified the Second Revision of Law (UU) No. 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy (Otsus) for Papua Province in the 23rd Plenary Session of Session V of the 2020-2021 Session Year, Thursday (15/7). /2021).
According to the Director General of Regional Autonomy of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Dirjen Otda Kemendagri) Akmal Malik, the revised Papua Special Autonomy Law will clarify how the Otsus budget will be managed in the future. The management of this special autonomy fund must be ensured that it really targets people in villages and districts in Papua.
“Transparent budget management can make fund management more targeted, that is, truly accepted and enjoyed by indigenous Papuans”
Akmal also revealed that every clause contained in the revision of the Papua Special Autonomy Law was clearly prepared. In the amendments to the Special Autonomy Law, the procedures for managing budget allocations are explained. That way, every budget value disbursed by the government for Papua is really targeted directly at the community.
According to him, proper governance in the management of Otsus funds is very important because the allocation of Otsus funds disbursed by the government for Papua is very large. In the last 20 years, the Special Autonomy budget that has been provided by the government for Papua has reached Rp146.39 trillion.
The government, he continued, consistently provides special autonomy funds to two provinces, namely Papua and West Papua. In the 2002 to 2007 period, the government only provided Special Autonomy funds to the Papua Province in the annual range of Rp1.38 trillion to Rp4.30 trillion.
Meanwhile, he said, starting from 2008, the government provided Special Autonomy funds to West Papua Province. From 2008 to 2021, West Papua Province received special autonomy funds in the range of Rp. 0.68 trillion to Rp. 4.11 trillion.
For Papua Province from 2008 to 2021, the government will provide special autonomy funds in the range of Rp.3.92 trillion to Rp.7.91 trillion. Therefore, it is very important to improve the mechanism for distributing Otsus funds, because this is to create transparency and accountability in the implementation process.
Akmal added that in formulating the revision of the Special Autonomy Law for Papua, the government has conducted a series of evaluation studies. This evaluation study involved various stakeholders. This evaluation study of Papua Special Autonomy has been started from 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2018. In a comprehensive manner, various stakeholders have evaluated the use of these funds.
The results of the evaluation, continued Akmal, were then used by the government and the DPR in formulating the revision of the Papua Special Autonomy Law. He also hopes that in the future the use of the Papua Special Autonomy funds can be provided in a targeted manner and that indigenous Papuans will truly enjoy the Special Autonomy funds.