K5.7m in retirement benefits paid

Ninety-two officers from 15 government agencies received their pay out in retirement benefits totaling K5.7 million, on Pay 8.

Taies Sansan, Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management said the officers were identified and their names submitted to DPM for validation and verification.

The retirees are from West New Britain Provincial Health Authority (PHA), Central PHA, Port Moresby General Hospital, Enga PHA, Eastern Highlands PHA, the National Health Department, Gulf Provincial Administration, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Constitution & Law Reform Commission, Public Solicitor’s Office, National Museum and Art Gallery, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Central Provincial Administration and Southern Highlands Provincial Administration.

Secretary Sansan said, “The retirement exercise has been ongoing since 2019 of which over 2,596 public servants have so far been paid out at a cost of K114 million.”

“We are continuing the retirement exercise this year. The government had allocated K200 million in the 2022 annual budget to retire aging public servants and my department will continue to coordinate with all line agencies to ensure this process is executed well this year,” she added.

Ms. Sansan said that the savings anticipated to be made out of retiring these 92 officers would be K3.1 million.

DPM has coordinated with the public sector retirement program following an NEC decision in 2017. This saw to the development of a whole of government approach undertaken to ensure all public servants who have reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 or those that are required to retire on medical grounds, are paid out and put off the pay roll.

“The vacancies created will also mean the workforce is better positioned to implement reforms, including the engagement of a new breed of Papua New Guinean public servants out of universities and colleges,” said the DPM Secretary.

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