10 Nov 2013

Fiji Peoples Democratic Party supportive of budget

11:31 am on 10 November 2013

The Fiji Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, says it supports the education, health and social services provisions of the new budget - but wants to see that the government has the funds to fulfill them.

The prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who also holds the finance portfolio, delivered the budget for 2014 in Suva.

The spokesperson for the PDP, Nirmal Singh, says it is pleased with the provisions to build new roads, and increase pay for public servants and the police force, who work long hours to maintain law and order.

But he says fulfilling all of the provisions will be costly.

"We commend the government for the budget. But at the end of the day we must also know where the money is coming from to fund these provisions in the budget. And I have no doubt that the government would have thought about making funds availiable for these things and I just hope we don't put our future generations in debt to meet the provisions we have made."

Nirmal Singh while it is clearly an election budget and the people will hold the government to account if it does not fulfil its promises.