The bill on the Handling of Underprivileged is proposed to be restructured because all of the chapters do not clearly and expressly regulate the roles and responsibilities of the state in the handling service of underprivileged citizens. The contents of the bill are normative and do not give legal consequences for the state if the state does not carry out its duties. "We expressly ask that the bill is restructured. Even if it is approved, we will ask for a judicial review," said researcher at the UGM Center for Community Economics Studies, Awan Santosa, S.E, M.Sc., after receiving a visit of Commission VIII House of Representatives for a hearing regarding the Underprivileged Handling Bill.
Firmly, Awan urged the House of Representatives to immediately restructure the Bill. He said the Bill does not accommodate the desire for the handling of the underprivileged to become the responsibility of the state. There is even an impression that the handling of underprivileged is handed over to third parties. "In this Bill the government services for the poor are not clear, it seems only to distribute the budget," he said.
Awan believes that this bill should be able to overcome poverty thoroughly. However, looking at the draft, Awan assesses that all of its contents are not substantive; it only completes the laws that already exist. "It hasn’t accommodated the desires to deal with poverty in Indonesia thoroughly," he said.
Clearly, according to Awan, this Bill will not satisfy everyone. Poverty in Indonesia is even more alarming due to Water Resources Management Law and the Investment Law, which according to Awan cause poverty more massive in Indonesia. "This Bill is very marginal, it will be much marginalized. If it’s forced, I think it will be in vain," he said.
Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of Commission VIII of the House of Representatives, Dra. Chairun Nisa, M.A, acknowledged that her party has a constraint in the determination of underprivileged citizens. This was due to different standards of underprivileged data as specified by the BPS and the World Bank. "All the input from UGM will be discussed before the Bill is approved," she said.