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Papua New Guinea

Pay retirees and save: Minister

BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA

THERE are 1927 employees in the public service who have reached compulsory retirement age of 65 years.

It is estimated that K40 million would be needed to retire all 1927, many of them are unattached and being made redundant.

Minister for Public Service Elias Kapavore said in 2017, K9 million had been released by the Treasury Department to pay out 305 retirees.

“As of pay 17/2018, 302 retirees have been paid and terminated from the payroll. This is natural attrition process and will result in cost savings if the officer is unattached, the planned retirement exercises is ongoing,” he said.

Mr Kapavore said when stating the progress of the public service according to the Alotau Accord II and the cost cutting measures taken by the government has seen the development of the government’s ascender payroll system.

There is 22,038 public sector jobs not filled. This has corresponded to a potential savings of K725,448,504, all vacancies funded or unfunded have been freezed in the ascender payroll system as of December 2017.

Mr Kapavore said the department had been monitoring to support the freeze on recruitment.

The only exception was to the essential service providers as and when required. Agencies within the public service sector have been identified as failing to control their unattached staff and their staff ceiling against the approved establishment.

These agencies were identified after the Department of Personnel Management started the ascender payroll system.

Mr Kapavore said this when presenting his report according to the Alotau Accord II.

He said the analysis of the personal emoluments expenditure against the 2018 budget is complete and a report has been prepared for the NEC.

“As of pay 17/2018, public servants paid on ascender pay system is at 119,370. The break-up comprises of teachers 61,281, non-teachers at 46,178, land mobilisation 1297 and village courts 10,614,” he said.

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