All Parcels of Land in Indonesia to be Certified by 2025, President Jokowi Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 8 Maret 2018
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President Jokowi hands over land certificates to the people at Lamongan Public Square, Lamongan Regency, East Java, Thursday (8/3) afternoon. (Photo: PR Division/ Oji)

President Jokowi hands over land certificates to the people at Lamongan Public Square, Lamongan Regency, East Java, Thursday (8/3) afternoon. (Photo: PR Division/ Oji)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo explained that out of 126 million certificates, only 51 million of which have been distributed to Indonesian people across the country. He added that if National Land Agency (BPN) can only issue 500 thousand certificatesin one year, it needs 140 years to finish the certification process of all parcels of land in Indonesia.

“I don’t want it. I have ordered Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning to finish all by 2025,” the President said when handing over land certificates for the people at Lamongan Public Square, Lamongan Regency, East Java, Thursday (8/3) afternoon.<>

Therefore, the President has set a target for Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of BPN. If last year it only distributed 5 million certificates, this year 7 million certificates must be distributed and next year it should be 9 million.

Special for East Java, President Jokowi has set a target to finish the certification process by 2023. If the target is failed to achieve, the Head of Regional Office of BPN will be dismissed.

“That’s how I work. I dismiss a minister, minister dismisses head of regional office, and so on. It should be like that,” the President said.

President Jokowi added that people are waiting too long. Whenever he pays working visits to Sumatera, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi, Papua, Maluku, people’s complaint are the same: land dispute. There are disputes amongst people, between people and the government or a company. Even, there are disputes amongst family members.

Therefore, by having a certificate, if someone comes to claim the land, the owner can argue and show the proof. “It’s a proof that we legally own the land, so, don’t worry,” the President said.

The President also told the recipients of the certificates to well keep their certificates. They must be covered in plastic and stored in a cupboard. In addition to that, the certificates must be copied so that when they are missing, it is easy to process for the replacement in the BPN Office.

Also joining the President on that occasion were Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of BPN Sofyan Djalil, Governor of East Java Soekarwo, Military Commander V Brawijaya Widiatmoko, East Java Regional Police Chief Machfud Arifin, Regent of Gresik Halim Radianto, Regent of Lamongan Fadela, Regent of Tuban Fathul Huda, Regent of Sidoarjo Saiful Ilah, and Regent of Brojonegoro Suyoto.  (FID/OJI/ES)(MMB/YM/Naster)

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