25 Nov 2013

PNG to unveil plans for housing public workers around the country

4:50 pm on 25 November 2013

The Papua New Guinea government is this week planning to introduce the District Development Authorities Bill which will include the construction of housing in provincial towns for public servants.

The government says from next year it plans to build 10 houses for public servants in each district every year.

The minister of labour and industrial relations, Mark Maipakai, says it will drive productivity and lift service delivery.

He says with the government transferring huge resources to the districts and provinces to deliver services and drive growth, public servants need an incentive and better housing helps fill that role.

The District Development Authorities bill, under which a lot more decision making is to be made at the local level, is the government's answer to service delivery failure.