Cabinet Secretary: Handling of the Smoke Disaster Already at the National Level Category
Date 20 Oktober 2015
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung suggested, although not yet declared as national disaster, the disaster management of smog affecting some areas, has reached the national level category.
“As per today has 24,000 soldiers/police members/volunteers BNPB are relegated to the field. Efforts are being made already a national act.” Pramono Anung said, answered the questions of Commission II members, the House of Representatives (DPR) in the event of a working meeting, in Jakarta, Monday (19/10) night.
In the meeting led by the Chairman of Commission II, the House of Representatives Rambe Kamarulzaman, Cabinet Secretary explained, the Government that led directly by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has three times in particular held a limited meeting of the smoke problem. The President himself even has been four times specifically to the field saw the smoke disaster. The President also has asked the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) not to return to Jakarta, should always be on the field for handling the smoke problem. In addition, on Tuesday (20/10), Cabinet Secretary said, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security will also be in Kalimantan for handling of the smoke.
Prolonged the Drought
Do not intend to apologize or justify, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung explained that the issue of smoke is the main cause in addition to the problems in peatlands, as well as prolonged drought. He mentioned, Maluku and Timika, Papua that never happened, but now is happens.
Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the government is open to receive help, but the most important point to be made as is done at Pulang Pisau and in Kotawaringin as well as in Kapuas, Central Kalimantan.
“It turns out that the main thing is to make wet of peatland. Thus we were preparing regulations, government regulations to oblige to all entrepreneurs, they are responsible not only their land but also on the surrounding land as an anticipation that employers not only enjoy the results of his efforts, but they also have a concern for the preservation of the environment,” Pramono Anung said.
According to Pramono, especially in Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, the haze problems still occur but the intensity of the fire in the area or point it has begun to diminish. “Now the new hotspots began to occur in Maluku and Papua,” he said.
Pramono added, the government daily also monitors in Central Kalimantan, and he took away in some areas, and according to him the handling in some areas started well, especially at Pulang Pisau, then in Kapuas, in Kotawaringin, also in Martapura.
“We will also use this as a role model. Because in Jambi, too, and can be handled properly, “said Pramono as he asserted, that the government is not ashamed to express its drawbacks, because the conditions are like that. (UN/JAY/OJI/GUN/ES)