DPR determined to complete maternal, child welfare bill deliberations

DPR determined to complete maternal, child welfare bill deliberations

Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani. ANTARA/Fianda Sjofjan Rassat

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani echoed the house's commitment to completing deliberations on the Maternal and Child Welfare Bill (RUU KIA) soon.

According to Maharani, RUU KIA has a strategic value in the efforts to maintain and increase the quality of Indonesia's human resources.

"For that reason, the DPR is determined to complete the deliberations in the next session immediately," the House speaker noted at the Plenary Meeting of the Closing of the Fifth Session at the DPR Building here on Thursday.

Maharani remarked that it is the constitutional duty of the DPR and the government to conduct the mandate of the 1945 Constitution to fulfil national legal requirements and strengthen progress in national development.

According to the speaker, during the formation of laws, various perspectives, interests, and sociological aspects influence political decisions.

"The DPR has a commitment to take sides with the larger national interests in mind," she noted.

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During the fifth session for the 2021-2022 period, the DPR approved 11 bills to be ratified into law.

She highlighted that the DPR had also approved four bills as DPR initiative bills, including the Maternal and Child Welfare Bill.

In addition, the house speaker conveyed several policies, issues, and problems in various fields that draw the attention of the DPR, including those related to preparations for the 2024 General Election, the policy of switching analog television broadcasts to digital through the Analog Switch Off (ASO) process, and land mafia issues.

Earlier, on June 30, 2022, the DPR plenary meeting approved RUU KIA to become DPR's initiative bill to be discussed with the government.

One of the important points highlighted in the RUU KIA is the change in the maternity leave period, which was earlier regulated in Law No.13 of 2003, from only three months to six months, plus 1.5 months of resting period.

The bill also regulates paid leave for mothers, so that they can still receive income while taking care of the new-born baby. 

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