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DPD RI Was Supported by the Regions to Fight for Islands Region Act

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Jakarta, dpd.go.id-Committee I DPD RI get support from the region in fighting the Bill (RUU) Region Islands into Law/Act (UU). This was revealed at the Hearing Meeting between Committee I DPD RI and Commission I of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) DPRD, in Meeting Room of Committee I of Parliament Complex Senayan Jakarta. Friday, July 6, 2018.

Chairman of Committee I Ahmad Muqowam stated that high political would be required from the government to work on the islands and catch up from the mainland provinces. Characteristics of island provinces with land area is much smaller than the sea area, so in the calculation of the budget is also limited, compared to the province of the land. It should get more attention from the government that is pursuing infrastructure development in developing the region.

"The government should not only focus on the mainland, because the archipelago require a very expensive infrastructure costs in order to catch up. It needs a high political will from the government to work on the archipelago, "said Ahmad.

Meanwhile, NTT Senator Abraham Liyanto explained that, Provinces in the archipelago have tremendous difficulties in terms of public services. Such as the official visit to the district should use aircraft with high cost, not including the cost of accommodation, and others. These costs are much higher than in the mainland provinces, such as in Java and Sumatera. Therefore, DPD RI initiated the Bill on the Region Islands to provide the principle of social justice for all the people of Indonesia.

"Now we see the urgency of this Act, so that the principle of social justice can be more achieved, we expect the budget in the state budget for the archipelago can also be lifted. If that is realized then it will tone the balance between the provinces of the Islands with other provinces. Moreover, if the budget for the archipelago can lift the potential of the sea and tourism, the area can grow and be able to reduce the burden of the National Budget, "said Abraham.

Chairman of Commission I DPRD NTT Kasintus Proklamasi Ebu Tho appreciate and support the political steps and work of the DPD RI in fighting for the region, especially in the community of island province.

"This is the first time we have the opportunity to communicate and appreciate political work DPD RI in fighting for the region through the islands Act. I see that there is progress and good signs, even the bill has been completed and just waiting for approval from the DPRI, we appreciate the work of DPD RI and will give full support for this can be published into law, "he said.

Earlier in January 2018, a total of 8 provinces agreed on the Batam Declaration: Riau, Maluku, North Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Bangka Beltung, North Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi. One of the contents of the declaration is to support the acceleration of the stipulation of the Bill on the Islands Region initiated by the DPD into Law based on the legislation program

06 Juli 2018
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