Poverty in Papua Should be Addressed, says Indonesian Legislator

Commission VIII Deputy Chairman Deding Ishak - Supplied
Commission VIII Deputy Chairman Deding Ishak – Supplied

Jayapura,Jubi – Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representatives for Religious, Social, Women’s Empowerment and Children Protection and Natural Disaster expected the government to promptly address the poverty in Papua.

Commission VIII Deputy Chairman Deding Ishak on Tuesday (22/3/2016) in Jayapura said the poverty in Jayapura should not become a paradox or a contradictive fact with current situation.

According to Deding, series of program issued by the Ministry of Social to eliminating the poverty, including Family Hope Program (PKH), Shared Business Group (KUB), and Convenient Housing and other programs, take attention of the Commission VIII.

“It is certainly becoming our attention in the Commission VIII, in particular concerning to PKH, which is based on the presentation by Papua Social Office, it has not been entirely covered 29 regencies/municipality but only reached four or five regencies. So, many people have not received that program,” he said.

He explained the problem was included the transportation access in Papua. Due to geographical condition, it’s difficult to reach some regions in particular located in the highland area that only could be reached by plane with quite expensive cost.

“The government certainly must consider this problem, especially in preparing budget allocation,” he said.

He added Papua has the Special Autonomy law but the implementation wasn’t optimum, therefore the Commission VIII highly appreciated the proposal on Special Autonomy Law revision.

“It is related to how can we speed up the development process in Papua to be experienced and appreciated by Papuan people in particular,” he said. (*/rom)