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Quarters abuse

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THERE was wastage and abuse of government quarters by their previous tenants.

This was revealed by PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand, who said so many prime and valuable assets owned by the government had deteriorated.

Without revealing the estimated figures of the repairs and maintenance for past years, Mr Chand said it cost the government millions of dollars.

"This is for government housing, quarters and even related office premises but largely government housing and quarters," Mr Chand said.

He said the PSC did not receive a separate budget for repairs and maintenance but was sourced from rental receipts from occupants in the quarters.

Speaking at the handover of surplus cash generated from government quarters trading and manufacturing account (TMA), Mr Chand said government quarters were largely in a state of neglect and disrepair prior to the reforms implemented by the government

"The reforms simply were consolidation of management government quarters into PSC, opening of a trade and manufacturing account (TMA) to allow revenue from government quarters and its repairs and allow maintenance to be met from a dedicated account," Mr Chand said.

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