Member for Mul Baiyer – Lumusa, Koi Tra-pe, says it’s possible to utilize 10 million from the DSIP funds to improve services in the District.
As a businessman, Mr Trape said it’s hard to make K10 million, and the one given by the government, is a free opportunity to utilize well.
He made this comment to brush aside critics that the K10 million allocation was insufficient to carry out work in the Districts.
The presentation at the Office for the Department of Implementation and Rural Development was different because for the first time, a power – point presentation was used. Physical evidence or photos of what had been constructed or improved in the District, were also shown.
Member for Mul Baiyer Lumusa, Koi Trape said the allocated K10 million was given freely by the government to bring services to the Districts and must be used effectively, given the fact that every year, the government allocates
K10 million DSIP funds to every District while K20 million PSIP to every province. The LLG’s receive K500, 000 each.
Acting Secretary for the Department of Implementation and Rural Development, Paul Sai’i, said unlike previous years, the percentage allocated to health, education, infrastructure, law and order, were fixed. However, that has been changed and now, Members of Parliament who are the chairmen of the Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee decide how much they can spend on the different sectors. The justification is that, not all Districts are the same, and each has its own priorities.
Also today, the Seven Local Level Governments of Milne Bay Province presented their acquittals for the 2013 LLG PSIP funds. This is the first time for all the LLG’s of any District to acquit at the same time.
The Department responsible will check all the acquittals to verify if all funds have been acquitted for under the financial guidelines
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