PSC faces probe

THE Finance Ministry is conducting a major investigation on Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding the renovation of school quarters at Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) in Tailevu.

This was revealed at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing in Suva last week.

PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand clarified that this was the first he heard about the issue.

“I do recall there being issues about procedures but to call it corrupt is another step,” Mr Chand told the committee.

He said he was not aware about the alleged corrupt dealings the Finance Ministry was referring to, adding they hoped to take immediate steps to deal with the issue.

However, he said, a special report had findings of procedural issues and much of it was a manner in which they disbursed funds to a group of ex-scholars who took on the responsibility of overseeing the renovations. “I took comfort in the fact that the permanent secretary of Finance was also one of the ex-scholars in the team,” he said.

The issue raised, he said, was the incorrect medium of disbursing of the the fund because RKS, the old boys and the school committee felt that they should use the students that were on vocational training to do the renovation.

“So we looked at the medium of disbursement of funds and it was the chairman of the RKS Old Boys who took responsibility; it was Alipate Naiorosui at that time.”

He said there were also some prominent members in the club. Mr Chand doubted it was any abuse of funds. The Finance Ministry also revealed another allegation of corruption dealings with some Public Service Commission staff members.

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