Papua Legislator Rejects Proposal to Allow Central Government to Issue All Mining Permits

LNG Tangguh's area - suplied
LNG Tangguh’s area – suplied

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislators sharply disagreed over the draft revision of the Law on Mineral and Coal Mining (Mining Law) which provides for all mining permits to be issued only by the central government.

A member of the Papua Legislative Council of Commission IV on Mining, Thomas Sondegau, urged Jakarta to stop dominating and taking all benefits from local wealth.

There must be a policy that gives provincial governments to also have the right to issue mining rights in the region.
“The draft revision of the Mining Act should also give benefit to the local government, especially in issuing permits and sharing. For Papua, we want Papua province also gets benefits and it could be 80 percent profit sharing for Papua, “ he said on Monday (28/09/2015).

According to him, in Papua there is Special Autonomy Law, so there needs to be more powers for the Papua provincial government in issuing mining permits.
“Give local government the authority. It is not true and we do not agree that a permit mining will only be issued by the central government. Natural resources are in Papua and why only the central government must issuing a permit? “he questioned.

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) began drafting Revised Law on Mineral and Coal Mining (Mining Law). Not only initiative of the Parliament, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will also provide inputs to the Draft Mining in point by point.

Head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Energy, Susyanto said, although draft Mining is an initiative of the House. However, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources also will prepare the draft.
“It is being drafted and discussed point by point. We use team independent to assess those points, “said Susyanto last week.

He said, the important point is to change the Act 23 of 2014 mining permits in each region because colliding with the current Law Mining.

In Law 23/2014 regulated, licensing Mining Permit (IUP) carried out by the Provincial Government. While the Mining Law could grant permission through the county. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)