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Commission VIII Gives Opportunity for Social Affairs Minister to Discuss Draft Law on Disaster Management

Wednesday, 06-October-2021 13:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini at a work meeting with Commission VIII
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini at a work meeting with Commission VIII
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representatives has given the opportunity for Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini to again conduct discussions with Ministries/Institutions (K/L) related to the institutional aspects of the Draft Law on Disaster Management.

"There is an understanding between us. Matters related to institutional functions are of course at the authority of the Ministries/Agencies. For example, in natural disasters, evacuation and rehabilitation (duties) are handed over to the Ministry of Social Affairs, while building and reconstruction is handed over to the Ministry of Public Works and Housing," said Deputy Chairman of Commission VIII Ace Hasan Syadzily during a Work Meeting at the Nusantara Building, Senayan Complex, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (10/05/2021).

At the previous Work Meeting, Commission VIII together with the Ministry of Social Affairs agreed to accommodate various types of disasters, namely natural disasters, non-natural disasters, and social disasters. Therefore, the discussion on the authority of Ministries/Agencies in the Draft Law on Disaster Management needs to be strengthened so that it is more organized.

"Disaster handling must be conducted fast, so there needs to be a special handling agency. We can just emphasize the division of authority in this law, including BNPB," said Ace.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said that natural disasters, non-natural disasters, and social disasters have different characteristics, and the handling of each kinds of disasters is different.

"Therefore, it is necessary to separate (the handling of disasters). For example, social disasters in handling conflicts that take a long time, even up to 20 years, such as the Maluku social disaster," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs also said that the handling of natural disasters could be under the BNPB coordinator. However, for other disasters, there is no mandate to decide. Risma gave an example that pandemics (non-natural disasters) are currently handled by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment.

The Ministry of Social Affairs provides a new proposal for the Disaster Management Law to clarify the nomenclature of all related Ministries/Agencies according to the types of disaster. Meanwhile, the preparation of the main tasks and functions of the Ministries/Agencies can be regulated in a Presidential Regulation.

"We ask for time to discuss this with the relevant Ministries/Agencies," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of Committee II of the Regional Representatives Council, Lukky Semen, who was present at the meeting, also said he agreed that the division of authority of the central government, regional governments, and related agencies needed to be clarified in the substance of the Disaster Management Law. 

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