The Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri), Tito Karnavian, stated that the government proposed that the amount of the special autonomy fund (autonomy) be increased by 0.25 percent to 2.25 percent.
According to him, the increase in the special autonomy fund is important to accelerate the development and welfare of the people in Papua.
“The amount of the special autonomy fund, we think needs to be increased from 2 percent to 2.25 percent in order to accelerate development and prosperity in Papua,” said Tito in a meeting with the Special Committee for the Revision of the Papua Special Autonomy Law at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta on Thursday (8/4 ).
Furthermore, he said that the Special Autonomy Fund is still needed by the Provinces of Papua and West Papua. According to Tito, this is because the Special Autonomy Fund is the main source of revenue from the Regional Budget (APBD) for both of them so far.
Based on the data submitted by Tito, 63.79 percent of the Papua Province APBD came from the special autonomy fund. Meanwhile for West Papua Province, the Special Autonomy Fund dominates by 52.68 percent of the APBD.
Tito said the APBD of Papua and West Papua would experience a decline if the special autonomy funds were stopped.
“If it is stopped, it will immediately drop to 40 percent or 50 percent,” he said.
He also emphasized that if this condition occurs, it will have a domino impact on various aspects, especially those related to efforts to improve Papua’s development and welfare.
“It will have a big influence in the acceleration of Papua’s development,” he said.