PAPUA DAILY – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani opened her voice about the discourse on the repatriation of thousands of Papuan students who were studying for college using scholarship funds from the government.
This discourse had arisen because of the issue of a decrease in the number of scholarship funds in the government.
According to Ani, her nickname, this issue is not true. The reason is, he claims that the central government provides sufficient transfer funds for the Papua Provincial Government.
“So when it was announced that the scholarship (funding) was down, it’s a lot of money. Just this one at Bank Papua there is still Rp12 trillion in the banking system, the scholarship period is not paid?” Ani said during a virtual press conference, Friday (26/11).
Based on his records, the Papua provincial government still has more than Rp10 trillion in bank deposits. Meanwhile, the West Papua Provincial Government’s savings are around Rp. 5 trillion.
Apart from the savings that are still quite a lot, the state treasurer said that the central government actually continues to provide transfer funds to the regions. Especially for the Papua Provincial Government, the total transfer funds to the regions from the center will reach IDR 42.47 trillion in 2021.
Consisting of funds for special infrastructure of IDR 2.62 trillion, special autonomy funds (otsus) IDR 5.29 trillion, village funds of IDR 5.34 trillion, regional incentive funds (DID) of IDR 130 billion, special allocation funds (DAK) of IDR 6.13 trillion, general allocation (DAU) of Rp20.05 trillion, and profit-sharing funds (DBH) of Rp2.91 trillion.
From this allocation, the realization of the use of funds reached 54.47 percent or Rp. 26.67 trillion from the ceiling. “In 2022, what was said before (the funds) went down, turned out to be up. The total in 2021 is IDR 42.47 trillion, in 2022 IDR 43.38 trillion,” he said.
In detail, funds for special infrastructure are Rp. 2.4 trillion, DAK is Rp. 5.78 trillion, village funds are Rp. 4.8 trillion, DID is Rp. 30 billion, DAK is Rp. 6.67 trillion, DAU is Rp. 20.5 trillion, and DBH is Rp. 3.3 trillion.
On the other hand, Ani also shared financial management tips for the Papua Provincial Government. To do this, there needs to be the use of good accounting standards, the use of funds is closely monitored, so that the use of funds is compiled in an accountable and transparent report.
“So people know, ‘Oh, how much money did you use?’ like that,” he concluded.
Previously, the discourse of repatriating Papuan students due to the issue of declining scholarship funds had circulated. However, this was denied by the local government.