Rural cuts ‘intolerable’ says Polye

Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye has expressed concerns over cuts in the provincial and district funds this year.

 Mr Polye raised the concern when speaking at a gathering in the Central provincial government headquarter in Konedobu, Port Moresby, to launch the Goilala district’s projects valued at K6 million.

“Slashing funds of over 50 per cent of K15 million is intolerable and that downturn in commodity prices should not be an excuse.

“With the cash flow problem at hand we would be happy if at least K8 million was dished out.

“At the end of this year those of us in the Opposition received around K5 to K6 million from the budgetary appropriations,” he said.

He said some of his fellow MPs in the government told him that they had only received up to K8 million.

He has lashed out at the Prime Minister and his government for doing ‘injustice to the people.’

Polye said ‘dirty politics’ should be entertained at the right forums and not through such luring act only to make ‘our people continue to live in despair and in a poor living standard.’

He said if the Opposition was in power, this culture would become a thing of the past.

Deputy Opposition leader Sam Basil said the Somare government used to give their DSIP and PSIP in full.

Mr Basil said the past government did not discriminate, adding the current government only gave K5 million for his Bulolo district.

He said when they were in government, they would firstly remit full district funds for the Prime Minister’s Ialibu-Pangia district to shame him.

Meanwhile, Mr Polye has commended the Goilala MP William Samb for delivering impact projects after being in office for only six months.

He has urged the people not to believe in excuses of government MPs, who view that when in the Opposition, service delivery is a challenge.

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