JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The government formally sets up land reform team in order to accelerate the planned redistribution of 2.7 million hectares of land as part of efforts of promote economic equality in Indonesia.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said the policy refers to the process of allocating and consolidating land tenure, controlling or accessing as well as using land through the Land Object of Agrarian Reform (TORA) and Social Forestry.

“We see that this team needs to be formed for the continuity of land reform work, and this team will consist of three working groups or working groups,” he said.

The three working groups are WG on the Release of Forest and Social Forestry Areas;  WG on TORA Legalization and Redistribution; and Working Group on Economic Empowerment of Society.

He added that the land reform policy should have clear basic principles and standards, including who will be the priority to be given land. In addition, he also encouraged the team to set up Project Office Management (POM) in each related ministry.

Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning (ATR) Sofyan Djalil said that the team will be chaired by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, which consists of eight ministries  namely the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of ATR, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of SOEs, Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged and Transmigration, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, as well as the Office of Presidential Staff (KSP).

Nevertheless, Sofyan said, POM was only formed in five technical ministry but still coordinating with three other ministry. The five technical ministry are the Ministries of ATR, Kemen-LHK, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged and Transmigration, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs,

“The POM aims to facilitate the settlement of problems that block land reform,” he said.

With POM, every ministry is charged with the task of solving these problems. In the Ministry of ATR, Sofyan said, the problem to be solved is around certification and land redistribution.

Sofyan also added that the land reform policy will be translated in the form of Presidential Regulation (Perpres). Therefore, the government canceled the previous plan through the revision of the Agrarian Law no. 50 of 1960 through the House of Representatives. (RF)

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