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Papuan Special Autonomy Must Welfare the Papuan People, Not Certain Elites | by Reno L.

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Reno L. | Papuan Student

Deputy V Presidential Chief of Staff (KSP), Jaleswari Pramodhawardani emphasized that the implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 and Special Autonomy (Otsus) in West Papua Province must focus on program effectiveness to improve community welfare. This is so that special autonomy is enjoyed by the whole community.

She said that the implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 concerning the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua and Law Number 2 of 2021 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua, must be a momentum for improving government governance, especially in the regions. In the coordination meeting which was attended by regional heads throughout West Papua and representatives of echelon I of the central government, there were several problems and obstacles that were presented and will be followed up.

Matters related to the affirmation of ASN recruitment policies, debottlenecking of strategic infrastructure projects, as well as Human Development Index (IPM) scores in Papua and West Papua which are still below the national average indicate that the implementation of the Presidential Instruction must be able to resolve these matters.

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“All inputs will become evaluation material for the central government, to synergize intensively with the regions to implement the program, so that it is more targeted, and according to the needs of the community.”

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In line with this, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Mahfud MD said that before it was raised to 2.25 percent, the Papua special autonomy (otsus) fund had never been accounted for. Previously, the allocation of Papua Special Autonomy funds was only two percent.

After it was raised, the central government controlled the majority of Papua’s special autonomy funds, namely 1.25 percent. Nevertheless, Mahfud ensured that the special autonomy funds were still for the development of Papua and Papuan indigenous people (OAP).

In addition, he explained that development in Papua is currently being carried out collaboratively under the leadership of Vice President Maruf Amin. This is for the sake of creating progress in an integrated manner.

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