Polye in a statement says the District Services Improvement Programs funds have been already budgeted for other infrastructure purposes and cannot be used for the drought relief.
He was responding to Finance Minister James Marape’s media release last Friday allowing districts to use K2 million each from DSIP funds which he labelled as a ‘cheap strategy by the government’.
“Besides, we have not even received more than half of the promised K15 million DSIP allocations and here the government is calling for the K2m to be cut from our budget,” says Polye.
“The K25m allocation to the drought relief, managed by the Office of the Prime Minister instead of the National Disaster office, is a pittance compared to the billions of kina PNG is receiving from the LNG sales.”
Polye said they should be allocating more than K100m to assist our most valuable asset and possession, the people of PNG, instead we see millions squandered on economy unviable cost inflated projects’’.