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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 10:58 WIB

Fund Sharing Not Improving Public Welfare in Papua

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Jayapura, Jubi – The management of special autonomy funds has not brought prosperity to Papuan people, a local legislator said, urging the provincial government to take over it.

“Return it and let the provincial government manage the special autonomy funds, because so far it’s not been well-managed and become a prolonged polemic,” said the chairman of Hanura Fraction of the Papua Legislative Council, Yan Mandenas, in Jayapura on Tuesday (23/2/2016).

He said the use of special autonomy funds has been in the spotlight because it has not yet improved the lot of Papuans as the management is delegated to regional/municipal governments.

The allocation of 80 percent of fund by regional/municipal governments supposed to improve the community’s welfare but the otherwise was occurred. Therefore an evaluation is needed and it should return to provincial government.

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“Hanura Fraction is ready to be an initiator of returning the management of special autonomy fund to provincial government because these allocated budgets at least could provide a free education and health services for Papuan people,” said the Councilor Mandenas who’s also Chairman of Hanura Papua.

According to him, the governor has taken a right action by conducting monitoring and evaluation, but without reaching the community in its implementation, it should return to the provincial government because the portion 80:20 percent is not significant to improve the community’s welfare. “Through the special autonomy fund, people are supposed to get free education and health services,” he said. (*/rom)

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