The Government Extends Papua’s Special Autonomy Fund Policy

The government will extend the special autonomy fund (Otsus) policy. This was conveyed by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD when he was the keynote speaker at the BPK Opinion Workshop regarding the Management of the Special Autonomy Fund for Papua and West Papua Provinces.

“Special autonomy does not need to be extended, it has been in effect since 2001 and does not need an extension. What is being extended is only the funds, the special funds, ”said Mahfud, virtually, Jakarta, Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

There is no change in the state administration structure and the relationship between the center and the regions. The laws governing this policy will not be extended either.

However, the government will revise a number of regulations, including the revision of several articles in the Papua Province Special Autonomy Law, in extending the special autonomy fund. The revised draft has been submitted to the DPR.

“We are going to revise Article 76, which is to expand the province, perhaps adding three provinces to five, through a revision of the law instead of an extension of the law. Revision of 2 articles. Article 34 concerning funds and Article 76 concerning expansion, “said Mahfud.

As a realization of Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020, the Government also issued Presidential Decree Number 20 of 2020 concerning the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua and West Papua. Then, form a legal team to carry out research on the use of Papua and West Papua special autonomy funds.

Mahfud said that so far the government views development in Papua as not yet effective. The reasons for this include the non-conducive security situation, the high number of corruption cases, and the lack of integration of a number of government programs.

The former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court (MK) also asked for greater supervision of the use of state finances. BPK is expected to be more measured in conducting supervision because the special autonomy fund will increase.

“Cooperation between the government and the BPK is very important,” said Mahfud.

Mahfud acknowledged that there were still a number of issues at issue regarding Papua, such as the existence of the Free Papua Organization (OPM). The OPM, which is a separatist group, insists that Papua is not part of Indonesia. However, Mahfud emphasized that the government will try to solve this problem.

“So we want to emphasize that the relationship between Papua and the Republic of Indonesia is final. Inviolable, and will be maintained at all costs necessary. Even though social, economic, political and financial, we will defend it, “said Mahfud.

Source: Medcom

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