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RETIREMENT BENEFITS

Deputy Opposition Leader and member for Kiriwina-Goodenough Douglas Tomuriesa asked the government to come clear on the retirement benefits for public servants. 

He was responding to a statement presented by the Minister for Public Service, Joe Sungi regarding the payment of retired public servants since 2019.

Minister for Public Service Joe Sungi said “The Government has approved a total of K200 million through the Department of Treasury for the retired public servants since 2019, K178.4 million was expended for this exercise and some 3,236 public servants have benefited so far.”

He further said for this year’s mark, a total of K63.5 million has been allocated for some 640 public servants.

In response to this statement Tomuriesa said, there are some public servants still waiting for their benefits since 2019 and wants the government to come clear on why funding has been made available yet retired public servants are still not paid.

Minister for Treasury Ian Ling Stucky said, the government is committed in making sure that retired public servants get their payments since 2019 when they took office.

He said, the government has made plans to tackle this issue and one of this is to establish trust funds.

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