Tabuya withdraws motion to reduce allocated funds

Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya making a point during the virtual Parliament. Picture: PARLIAMENT OF FIJI

A motion by Opposition Whip and SODELPA MP Lynda Tabuya that Government reduce by half an allocation of $1.5 million for the Prime Minister’s Office personal emoluments means some civil servants will lose their jobs.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this in his response to the motion when the Parliamentary Committee of Supply debated programs under the proposed budget.

He said if the motion was agreed to, it meant some civil servants in the PM’s Office would be made redundant because the allocation consisted of their salary and wages.

“SODELPA wants to make people at the PM’s Office redundant, half of people working in the PM’s office will have to go home,” he said.

Ms Tabuya later withdrew her motion.

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