Lerry K. | Papuan Observer
The Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Tito Karnavian believes that the special autonomy fund (Otsus) will be more targeted. As is known, the special autonomy fund as referred to in Law (UU) No 2/2021 has increased from 2% to 2.25%.
He said there would be a Steering Committee for the Acceleration of Special Autonomy Development for Papua (BP3OKP) which would harmonize development programs in Papua so that they would be more targeted. Even so he made sure that this body would not be bureaucratic.
The agency was formed to harmonize central, ministry/institutional programs with provincial districts/cities, so that they are more targeted, including the expansion of Papua. The point is that all of this is in the context of accelerating Papua’s development.
Previously, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in his speech on the APBN Bill and Financial Note had mentioned the revision of the Papua Special Autonomy Law (Otsus). Jokowi said that this revision brought fresh air in the implementation of special autonomy for Papua, including the special autonomy fund.
“Sharpening is also carried out in the management of the Special Autonomy Fund for Papua and West Papua. The enactment of Law Number 2 of 2021 brings fresh air for changes in the management of the special autonomy fund to be better.”
Jokowi said the revision also increased the Papua Special Autonomy data from 2% to 2.25%. This is followed by improved management and allocation.
The extension and increase in the amount of the Special Autonomy Fund to 2.25% of the National General Allocation Fund ceiling is accompanied by improvements and sharpening of policies in the allocation, distribution and governance scheme of the Special Autonomy Fund. In this way, Jokowi hopes that the increase in the Special Autonomy budget can improve the welfare of the Papuan people.
This effort is expected to have a significant impact on improving the welfare of the people in Papua.
Meanwhile, according to Deputy V of the Presidential Chief of Staff (KSP) Jaleswari Pramodhawardani, the implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 and Special Autonomy in West Papua Province must focus on program effectiveness to improve community welfare. The goal is that special autonomy is enjoyed by all elements of society.
Jaleswari also emphasized the importance of improving overall government governance, especially in the regions. According to him, there are five aspects of improvement that must be made in the implementation of Presidential Instruction 9/2020.
Among other things, the quality of planning and budgeting, monitoring the evaluation and control of programs, the quality of basic services, and the quality of human resources for the apparatus. Equally important is the synergy between the central-regional institutions.
According to him, regarding the affirmation of the ASN recruitment policy, debottlenecking of strategic infrastructure projects, as well as the Human Development Index (IPM) scores in Papua and West Papua which are still below the national average, it shows that the implementation of the Presidential Instruction must be able to resolve this matter.