Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Papua regional division bill will facilitate affirmative action for Papuan natives as employees of local government institutions, according to an official of the Home Affairs Ministry.

"Our meeting (with the House of Representatives) is to ensure that the planned regional division of Papua will provide opportunities for Papuan natives," the ministry's Director General of Politics and Public Administration, Bahtiar, stated here on Tuesday.

The ministry had earlier participated in working meetings and hearing meeting sessions with the House of Representatives (DPR RI) to deliberate the Papua regional division bill that will be the legal basis for the formation of three new provinces in Papua, the official noted.

The government will guarantee that the law will ensure prioritizing Papuan natives to fill state apparatus positions in newly-formed provinces in Papua in the future, he remarked.

"There was also a proposal to increase the maximum (employee candidate) age to 50 years, but we will continue deliberating the matter," the director general remarked.

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Today's meeting agenda focused on articles regarding the management of state apparatus and honorarium-based employees that will be employed in the three new Papuan provinces, Bahtiar noted while adding that the meeting also deliberates the relevance between the bill and the existing state apparatus management.

The new provinces of South Papua, Central Papua, and Papua Pegunungan are expected to offer greater opportunities for residents to contribute to regional development and benefit from the formation of the new provinces, he remarked.

He said that the meeting also deliberated processes to expedite the recruitment process for vacant state apparatus positions to ensure effective and efficient regional administration and development.

"The bill, apart from providing the legal basis for the formation of three new provinces, also offers a legal basis regarding the placement of state apparatus," Bahtiar remarked.

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