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Minister says 188,000 ha distributed in land reform program

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 26, 2018   /   04:51 pm
Minister says 188,000 ha distributed in land reform program Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil (The Jakarta Post/wienda parwitasari)

The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister has announced that the government's agrarian reform program distributed 188,000 hectares of land to the people over four years.

“In the last four years under President Joko Widodo's leadership, the government has [taken a serious stance] in addressing land and spatial planning issues,” spatial planning minister Sofyan Djalil said in Jakarta on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said the government had also started to address neglected and idle land, including plots with right-to-build (HGB) certificates and those with other land certificates that the property's owner had not utilized.

Sofyan said the agrarian reform program also included redistributing land that had been taken over by large corporations and restoring the property to private ownership.

Through the comprehensive systematic registration program (PTSL), the government aimed to assure legal certainty over land ownership to reduce land disputes and to facilitate smooth infrastructure development across the country, the minister added.

Apart from intensifying its land distribution, the government had also introduced its popular land certification program. The government said it had issued 5 million land certificates last year, and planned to issue 7 million land certificates this year and 9 million certificates in 2019. (bbn)