Fresh Wind of Budget Politics for Development in Papua –  The policies of the central government under the leadership of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) through various ministry programs since 2014 to date have never ceased to continue in developing the land of Papua in order to improve the welfare of indigenous Papuans within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

The seriousness of the central government in developing Papua by providing full authority through Law number 21 of 2001 on Papua’s Special Autonomy until the releasing of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 concerning the acceleration of the development of Papua and West Papua.

Various development program policies implemented in Papua and West Papua Provinces are aimed for reducing high poverty rates, reducing the costly index and equitable distribution of infrastructure development facilities.

In the era of President Joko Widodo’s administration, he led to greater attention to Papua, one of which was increasing the development of basic infrastructure to fulfil the needs of local Papuans.

Data from the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) in the 2021 budget year, the budget allocation for infrastructure development of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) for Papua Province reaches Rp. 6.12 trillion.

This budget is used for the natural resources sector (SDA) amounting to Rp. 670 billion, roads and bridges worth Rp. 4.46 trillion, Rp. 650 billion for settlements and Rp. 330 billion for housing.

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Meanwhile, for West Papua Province, the central government has allocated an infrastructure budget of Rp 3.67 trillion. Rp. 600 billion for natural resources, Rp. 2.54 trillion for roads and bridges, Rp. 320 billion for housing and Rp. 200 billion for housing.

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