I hope to be able to enhance our understanding of agrarian issues to prevent and address agrarian and spatial issues
Palangka Raya, Central Kaliman (ANTARA) - Regional Representative Council (DPD RI) senator Agustin Teras Narang highlighted that agrarian conflicts in his constituency of Central Kalimantan were rampant despite an existing legal basis that ought to address the issue.

"I have noticed that Presidential Regulation No. 86 of 2018 on Agrarian Reform is yet to address the occurring agrarian conflicts," Senator Narang noted during an online seminar on the recent situation on land and natural resources within the regional autonomy, hosted by the Christian University of Indonesia on Friday.

According to Narang, the presidential regulation aims to provide a solution and certainty regarding conflict settlement if an agrarian conflict arose between residents, companies, and the government.

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Despite the existing legal basis, he admitted that several provinces, including Central Kalimantan, had yet to finalize their spatial arrangement that would facilitate the settlement of agrarian conflicts.

He noted that apart from the Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Ministry/National Land Office, the Environment and Forestry Ministry was also tasked with addressing agrarian conflicts in the country.

"I hope to be able to enhance our understanding of agrarian issues to prevent and address agrarian and spatial issues," Narang stated.

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Deputy Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Agency/National Land Office SuryaTjandra, who also attended the seminar, informed that the ministry had established around 400 local offices nationwide to simplify the collection of land data and ownership administration and to engage in communication with regional governments.

"Lack of intensive communication often created misunderstanding and conflict among interest groups, particularly the ministry and regional governments. It is easy to seek for more communication, but it is difficult to execute," Deputy Minister Tjandra emphasized.

Despite existing challenges, Tjandra affirmed his ministry's commitment to fulfilling the agenda on land and spatial planning aspects of the government of President Joko Widodo.

"Let us collaborate to ensure the success of agrarian reform for the benefit of the people," Tjandra stated.

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Translator: Kasriadi/Jaya W, Nabil Ihsan
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