Waiting For the Performance of Agrarian Reform Task Force

Benni Wijaya

Jakarta (kpa.or.id) – The Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) has officially formed the Agrarian Reform Task Force (GTRA).

This was conveyed at the GTRA Coordination Meeting themed "Through GTRA Coordination Meeting on the Implementation of Agrarian Reform in 2018 and Preparation for a more optimal 2019" held in Batam, Riau Islands, Wednesday (7/17).

According to his statement, the Ministry of ATR/BPN represented by the Director General (Dirjen) of Agricultural Infrastructure, R. Adi Darmawan said that GTRA had been formed so far in 25 provinces.

GTRA is a task force under the Ministry of ATR/BPN and even under the minister himself in the national level. This team will work at the regional level to accelerate the implementation of the national priority agenda, Agrarian Reform.

The formation of the GTRA above is certainly good news for the implementation development of the agrarian reform program. Although not ideal, at least this formation could answer the need of special institutions for implementing agrarian reform.

Engagement of Civil Society Organizations is An Important Key to Implementing Agrarian Reform

Furthermore, the public will certainly wait for GTRA's performance going forward. How far the extent of which this task force can work and synergize with civil society organizations, so that it is not only able to reach the target, but also able to accommaodate the true agrarian reform into its implementation.

According to KPA records from 25 GTRA in the 25 Provinces, There are 5 GTRA which are formed through the synergy of local government with civil society organizations and peasant unions, especially KPA. Among them, GTRA of Central Sulawesi Province, GTRA of Jambi Province, GTRA of Southeast Sulawesi, GTRA of West Kalimantan and the South Sumatra Agrarian Conflict Resolution Team.

While at the District level, 3 GTRA have been formed as a result of the synergy between the KPA peasants’ union members and the local government, namely GTRA Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi, GTRA Sanggau District, West Kalimantan, and GTRA Rejang Lebong, Bengkulu.

In these five Provinces and 3 Regencies, KPA continues to encourage the government to accelerate the conflicts resolutions and reforms in the imbalance of land tenure within the framework of intact agrarian reform.

From the results of KPA's inventory in the last two years, there have been at least 442 areas of agrarian conflict with an area of ??649,618 hectares and involving 142,655 households (KK). Among them are in the 5 Provinces and 3 Regencies, waiting to be resolved soon.

Then what about GTRA outside the area? Given the increasingly narrow time, solid synergy between the government and civil society is needed. The government in this case must be able to build strong synergies with the community. Of course, it is not just synergic, but the background and competence must be clear.

Yahya Zakaria, Head of the KPA Policy Advocacy and Network Development Department confirmed, he considered that the GTRA must involve the role of people's organizations in the implementation of future agrarian reform. This synergy is intended so that the implementation of the program is on target.

In addition to accelerating implementation, the accuracy between the subject and the object becomes an important point in the implementation of agrarian reform so that GTRA is required to synergize with all elements at the site level in order to achieve what is reported namely conflict resolution and reform of the structure of land tenure inequality. These will result in the birth of justice and prosperity in the midst of society. (BW)

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