Enembe : Finance Ministry’s Policy Interrupts Development in Papua
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governomr Lukas Enembe warned that the policy of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to reduce government spending and transfer of funds up to Rp 133,8 trillion allocated in the National Budget for 2016 to the local governments would affect development in Papua.
“Budget reduction by the Central Government is quite inappropriate, because the local government was already allocated the budget and implemented the contract of work,” said Enembe in Jayapura on Monday (22/8/2016).
He said for example, Mimika Regency, Papua has proposed for IDR 1.9 trillion, but only gets Rp 700 billion.
“So it’s Rp 1.2 trillion less. It’s very dangerous, given that people have worked hard. I don’t know what to do,” he said. Enembe suggested the local government that was harmed by the policy to take their case to the Constitutional Court.
“I suggest that the Presidential Instruction should be testified in the Constitutional Court, because the contract of work has been set up. Lawsuit is worthy because the budget deduction is huge,” said Enembe.
He added many regions have been harmed by this policy. They got average deduction of Rp 30 billion. “It’s the first time to be happened in the government. We hope it couldn’t be a burden of local government; it should be discussed with the Audit Board to avoid finding if the contract of work have done,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of Papua Finance and Asset Management Benyamin Arisoy said the policy of the Ministry of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati is quite stressful for the financial management officers at the regional level. “The policy to reduce up to Rp 133.8 trillion is enough stressful,” he said. (*/rom)