3 Sep 2002

Perks for PNG's bureaucrats likely to go in cost cutting campaign

6:48 pm on 3 September 2002

The Papua New Guinea government has been told to abolish perks and privileges for departmental heads and provincial administrators by its new Inter Government Relations ministry.

The Ministry's secretary, Leo Meninga says the timing for such a move is right, particularly when the country is facing serious financial problems.

Recently, the West New Britain administrator, William Padio bought a landcruiser worth over 89-thousand US dollars at a time when he was struggling to find funds to care for the 15-thousand people displaced by the Mt Pago volcanic eruption.

Mr Meninga says administrators who exceed their budgets because of such wastage should be jailed.

Meanwhile, Mr Padio was charged over the weekend with wilful damage, assault and consuming alcohol in a public place.

He is currently on bail and will appear in court on September 17.