Koreri.com, Manokwari – The purpose of the drafting of Law number 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy (UU Otsus) for Papua is to accelerate underdevelopment and accelerate the capacity building of its human resources, which in the pre-autonomy era, was often mentioned if Papua was considered as a ‘stepson’.
This statement was conveyed by a member of the NasDem faction in the electoral district of West Papua Rico Sia, when answering a Papuan (OAP) student during an Individual Work Visit and Recess in Manokwari Regency, Wednesday (17/2/2021).
In front of dozens of students from the University of Papua (Unipa) and the Biak-Papua College of Law (STIH), Rico emphasized that the government could not be considered a failure regarding the special autonomy product.
“In the first period of the budget, which was valid for 20 years (2001-2021), regions were given the widest possible opportunity to manage their own allocations according to regional requests, because back then the reason was that those who knew the needs in Papua were Papuans,” said Rico to this media. , Friday (19/2/2021).
On this occasion, Rico also explained, several years before the end of the first period of Special Autonomy, related to the use of the budget that was disbursed, many inputs from the public stated that they did not benefit from the special autonomy budget.
“This is then evaluated and the results will be used as a reference for the next use of budget funds,” explained Rico.
The member of Commission VII DPR emphasized that he had to tell the truth in accordance with the existing truths, if someone stated that the special autonomy product had failed to be implemented by the central government, it was very untrue and incorrect.
“Because the budget request proposals come from the regions and the management is carried out by the regions themselves. The Center only releases and receives the report, how can the Center be called the failure? ” said Rico.
Responding to the question of Rico’s attitude regarding the rejection of special autonomy volume 2, Rico emphasized that the Special Autonomy Law is a legal product that must be implemented, not volume 1 or volume 2.
“What ends the 20 years is the use of the budget. After that, it must be evaluated for improvement. If there is a good implementation, just continue, but if something goes wrong, immediately find a solution by revising it. So don’t get any misinterpretation regarding volume 1 or volume 2, ”added the Senayan legislator who has devoted himself to the land of Papua.