Welfare Fund for Papua Special Autonomy Increases

goodmorningpapua.com – The DPR RI has ratified the Draft Law on the Second Amendment to Law Number 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy (Otsus) for the Papua Province (RUU Otsus Papua) in the DPR Plenary Meeting, Thursday (15/7).

Minister of Home Affairs (Mendagri) Muhammad Tito Karnavian said the existence of the Papua Special Autonomy Law was a form of the government’s commitment, Parliament [DPR] and Senate [DPD] to improve the welfare of the Papuan people as an integral part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Through this law revision, the government and the DPR agreed to amend 20 articles consisting of 3 articles proposed by the government through the Presidential Letter and 17 articles outside the government’s proposal.

One of the articles that was amended was regarding the amount of special autonomy funds disbursed to Papua. Where is currently increased to 2.25%.

“Through this law, the special autonomy fund is increased from 2% to 2.25% with improvements in terms of governance,” said Tito.

In addition, in the economic sector, it has also been agreed that the Oil and Gas Revenue Sharing Fund (DBH) of 70% for the Province of West Papua is extended from 2026 to 2041 to be used as much as possible to increase the welfare of the Papuan people.

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“With funding support in the form of the Special Autonomy Fund and additional Oil and Gas DBH, along with Additional Infrastructure Funds and Transfers to other Regions, it is hoped that the Papua Regional Government will accelerate development in the Papua region,” he said.

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