Papua Has the Eighth Largest Budget in All of Indonesia, Said Minister of Home Affairs

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PAPUADAILY –Papua’s special autonomy fund (Otsus) is up 2.25 percent from the national general allocation fund and is the region with the eighth largest budget nationally. This is according to the Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Tito Karnavia.

“Papua has the eighth largest budget in all of Indonesia with a population of less than five million people,” he said during a working visit with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud MD at the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Sota District, Merauke Regency, Papua, Sunday (12/9/2021). Quoted by Merdeka.com.

He gave an example, compared to his area in South Sumatra with a population of over 12 million people, the budget is not as high as in Papua. Papua has a much wider area than Java, so there is a specificity for accelerating development.

According to him, the spirit of Papua’s progress is the acceleration of development. In that context, aspirations have been screened and there are several aspirations regarding the expansion of new autonomous regions.

The people’s aspirations, said Tito, are that Papua will be added to three provinces, one of which is South Papua, then Central Papua, the Mamta area, and the northern part of which the capital city is still debating between Timika or Nabire.

“We will revise the Papua Special Autonomy Law, in Papua there must be an acceleration of development by responding to the aspirations of regional expansion,” he said.

He added, according to the direction of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, his party discussed and prepared government regulations with a deadline of October 19. Then it was rounded up again by hearing the aspirations of the people from below. ***