Papua Human Development Index Remain Lowest

Mothers and their children in Highland of West Papua - Jubi
Mothers and their children in Highland of West Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A Papua lawmaker, Wie Long Tan, said the government and stakeholders in Papua have to find the root of economic inequality and the Human Development Index (HDI) of Papua that is still lagging behind other regions in Indonesia.

He said since Papua became part of Indonesia in 1969, its human development index has been the lowest in Indonesia.

Every year, tens of trillions rupiah are disbursed to Papua yet it must be acknowledged that there are errors in the process to improve the welfare of the people.

“I think there is something wrong. When it comes to a great program, great planning, the money is available. Human Resources in Papua is ready. Now why do people feel is not prosperous especially people in the village and the new regencies. The government has to find the root of the problems, “said Tan, on last week.

According to him, the various policies to improve the welfare of the people of Papua needs to be re-evaluated.

“Supervision, program and planning needs to be improved. Besides, there is the coaching. Leadership from the top level down to take it, both the executive and the legislature directly go down to every village , “he said.

This is necessary because the needs of the community in every village is different. The need of the two villages can not be used as a reference, he added.

“There’s no way the needs of people in Jayapura with communities Waropen or Mamberamo. If this is done I believe the vision and mission of Papua can be realized, “he said.

Desk Chair in Kemenkopolhukam Papua, Major General (TNI) Yoedhi Swastono said President Jokowi gives more attention to Papua. There are eight basic policies for Papua Jokowi as a reference in the construction ministry in Papua including welfare, education and social economy.

“There are development programs have been implementing. The emphasis of autonomy grants is on education and health. If seen since 2002-2015 has been allocated for Papua Rp52,6 trillion and West Papua was Rp15.2 trillion. Why the result was not as expected ? It should be discussed together, “said Yoedhi last week in Jakarta. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)