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Govt-DPR set up working committee for Papua special autonomy bill

Tempo - June 24, 2021

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The government and the Special Committee of the House of Representatives (DPR) for Papua's Special Autonomy Bill have agreed to set up a working committee to discuss the bill on the special autonomy status of the country's easternmost province (RUU Otsus Papua).

The working committee will deliberate the revision of Law No. 21 of 2001 at a more technical level, including the Problem Inventory List (DIM) from the DPR and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD).

This decision was taken during a working meeting of the Special Committee with the Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian and Law and Human Rights Deputy Minister Edward Omar Sharief Hiariej.

"The DPR Special Committee has agreed to form a working committee to discuss the DIM further together with the government," said Special Committee Deputy Head, Agung Widyantoro, on Thursday, June 24.

The formation of the committee was initially proposed by Tito Karnavian at the meeting. He asked that the DIM discussion be held at the committee for it is a technical issue and to help the discussion be more focused.

Tito explained echelon I officials will represent the government in the discussions. The Home Affairs Ministry will deploy the Director-General of Regional Autonomy, Akmal Malik, and the Director-General of Politics and General Administration, Bahtiar.

"It does not mean that I, as the Minister of Home Affairs, do not want to attend. But we will monitor very crucial matters that require action from the top level, we will bridge them," Tito Karnavian said at the meeting on Papua's Special Autonomy Bill.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1476102/govt-dpr-set-up-working-committee-for-papua-special-autonomy-bil