Four Ministries: Commit to Build Papua
Papua is now one of the focuses of national strategic projects. With the development of Papua, development in Indonesia is expected not to be centralized but should also reach the eastern part of Indonesia. Each ministry places national strategic projects in Papua, and is committed to safeguarding this development.
At least four Ministries are committed to developing Papua through various programs. The four ministries include the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR).
Each Minister describes the development target of the land of Cendrawasih. They also explain the progress of each of his Ministry’s programs. The synergy of the Ministers is reflected in the Media Discussion with the theme “Vision of Indonesia Centers Equity in Papua”.
The Minister of Communications and Information Rudiantara revealed that his mass media plan will be scheduled regularly as part of the implementation of the Government Public Relations (GPR) program.
“The amount of our investment is approximately Rp 4 trillion, which means that 10% of the budget from the Ministry of Transportation is in Papua, whereas we know there are 34 provinces, meaning we pay more attention to Papua”
Budi Karya Sumadi
The Minister of Transportation
In other words, the Government’s Public Relations is a mandate for all ministries of the Working Cabinet in divulging its performance to the public. “The synergy among the ministries is really taken precedence;
we do not look at the projects of each Ministry.” Egocentricity is gradually beginning to disappear, we should work together to be more efficient“ he said.
The Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, said that they are ready to build Papua. Unmitigated, the Ministry of Transportation allocates 10% of its annual budget for the development of Papua’s infrastructure.
“The amount of our investment is approximately Rp 4 trillion, which means that 10% of the budget from the Ministry of Transportation is in Papua, whereas we know there are 34 provinces, meaning we pay more attention to Papua,” he said.
ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan targets the lighting program. Namely: by using solar energy lights in the villages of Papua and West Papua, which are still completely in darkness and completed in 2017-2018. “This is what the government is targeting, at least in 2017, and by 2018, there will be lights,” he said, adding that the important thing is the lights first, after which the electricity network will be built.
Jonan said that he will distribute lighting devices to the people of Papua who are still in darkness. He revealed the lights are worth 3.5 million rupiah / unit consisting of solar panel devices, four lights, and a mobile charger unit.
“Under normal circumstances, one lamp can illuminate 8 hours a day and can be moved and taken anywhere so it can as well function as a flashlight in the dark,” he explained.
According to him, from 2,500 villages that have not been powered by electricity or are still in total darkness, most come from Papua and West Papua.
There are approximately 136,000-140,000 household heads in the two eastern provinces of Indonesia, from about more than 260,000 heads of family, who are in dark across Indonesia.
He added that later every household in areas that still do not have electric lighting will get a solar panel with four lights with a battery case for cell phone. “The lights can be adjusted in three lighting categories: for bright lights, it can last six hours, medium lights can last 12 hours and dim lights for sleeping can last up to 60 hours,” he said. In Papua Province, the government will generate 365 megawatts (mw) until 2019 and nine renewable energy units.