MRP and Papua Legislative Council play important role in budget planning: Home Ministry

Jayapura, Jubi – Director of Planning, Evaluation and Regional Information at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Nyoto Suwignyo, says that the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) and the Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP) play an important role in ensuring that the regional budget for Papua is based on the aspirations of Indigenous Papuans.

Both MRP and DPRP, Suwignyo says, should encourage budget planning that is consistent with development planning at the local and national levels.

“The MRP and DPRP are expected to push for quality development planning. Including the aspirations of Indigenous Papuan people in the national development planning system will result in an integrated national and regional development that can advance the Papuan people,” Suwignyo said in a training held by the National Secretarial of the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) in Jayapura City on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.

Suwignyo encouraged members of the Papuan MRP and DPRP to oversee the preparation of regional development planning documents as well as budget preparation. “The MRP and DPRP’s oversight function should not only be on the substance of Provincial Regulations or Special Regional Regulations. What is more important is ensuring the consistency of financial planning and budgeting in the region,” said Suwignyo.

Lawmaker of DPRP John NR Gobai said his party had drafted a number of Special Regional Regulations (Perdasus) to increase protection for Indigenous Papuans. The draft was based on the aspirations of the Indigenous People in Papua. He hopes that the Perdasus can be finalized and issued soon.

Gobai mentioned an example of the regulation content that took into account the needs and wishes of Indigenous Papuans. “For example, we regulate the trade system for Indigenous Papuans so that their crops will certainly be absorbed by the market,” he said.

“Such arrangement can provide an opportunity for Indigenous Papuans to efficiently sell their products so that they can spend more time with their families,” he added. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G

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