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K222 Million In Development Grants released to Provinces and Districts in PNG

The Papua New Guinea Department of Implementation andRrural Development (DIRD) is currently disbursing K222 million in the form of service improvement program (PSIP & DSIP) to provinces and districts.

According to DIRD Acting Secretary Aihi Vaki, these funds must be expanded on impact projects that are economical and sustainable for effective basic service delivery to improve the livelihood of the rural villages and communities.

He stressed that SIP funds must be spent based on the five year development plans and projected budgets estimate as approved by the Joint Provincial Planning and Budget Priority Committee (JPP & BPC) and District Development Authority (DDA).

“Districts and provinces must identify gaps in important areas that need serious consideration and intervention, especially at the LLG and ward levels where majority of the people live.

“Funds must be spent on projects such as roads, education and health infrastructures, and other sustainable programs in partnership with local communities to empower and improve their living standards,” he said.

Vaki stressed that beginning next year DIRD will visit each provinces and districts to monitor and evaluate projects and programs actually implemented on the ground and merge with SIP acquittal and disbursement reports based on the grants released this year.

“The process is aimed at maintaining accountability, transparency and good governance because huge development grants were frontloaded to sub-nationals who fail to furnish reports so as lack of implementation,” he said.

So far the department has released K4 million each to 111 constituencies this year, and this is the fourth batch of balance payments up to K6 million.

In total K666 million has been paid to provinces and districts in the form of SIP.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vaki has called on the JPP & BPC and DDA committee members to be honest in the use of public money to purchase assets such as boats, vehicles, machinery and equipment.

He warned leaders not to use the term ‘donation’ accredited to individuals for the delivery of basic goods and services instead projects and programs must be verified through public funds.

“Any asset purchased or project delivered through the use of public money is NOT a donation, it rightfully belongs to the people, leaders are only custodians. Assets must be labeled under the name of the recipient as these assets were purchased under SIP program,” he said.

In order to access development grants, all MPs, CEOs and Finance managers must adhere to the requirements stipulated under the administrative guidelines and financial instructions.

That is to provide approved itemized provincial and district SIP budget plan, previous years SIP physical implementation and financial reports, JPP&BPC or DDA meeting minutes resolutions and five year development plans. FM100/PNG Today



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