Palangka Raya, Central Kaliman (ANTARA) - Regional Representative Council (DPD RI) senator Agustin Teras Narang has called for rigorous scrutiny of the national capital bill that seeks to provide a legal basis for the national capital's relocation to East Kalimantan.

"As DPD RI delegate in the working committee, I urge all parties rigorously monitor aspects relevant to the bill by prioritizing common understanding, constitutionality, and justice," Narang said in a written statement issued on Wednesday.

The official transfer of the national capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan is planned to take place in the first half of 2024, he informed.

To expedite the bill's ratification, the working committee -- consisting of DPD senators and House of Representatives (DPR RI) members -- commenced deliberations on Monday (December 13, 2021), he said.

Though the deliberations have just commenced, the working committee and the national executives have reached a consensus on designating the future national capital as a special administrative region, the senator informed.

Smooth deliberation and prompt consensus for the new national capital status is a good sign for the progress of the national capital bill, he said.

"The consensus reached on late Tuesday (December 14, 2021) paved the way for new discussion and deliberation regarding the national capital bill," he added.

The senator said that the working committee, besides striving to provide the legal basis for capital relocation, will also try to ensure that the capital relocation boosts people's livelihood.

He also urged parliament members to consider the bill with prudence and the public to provide inputs for the bill, saying national advancement is expected to follow capital relocation.

"We hope consensus achieved on the deliberation between the parliament and the central government will be reflective to the nation and the people's interest," Narang said.

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Translator: Kasriadi/J Manurung, Nabil I
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