Kumar ex­pects to do more with less

Fiji Sun - - EXPLAINER - SHALVEEN CHAND Edited by Jonathan Bryce

It will be do­ing more with less, says Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Premila Kumar. She made the ref­er­ence to what she ex­pects for her min­istries when the Na­tional Bud­get is an­nounced tonight.

Ms Kumar has ruled out an in­crease and knows that strin­gent con­trols and tight­en­ing of poli­cies will have to be done if the Bud­get de­creases.

Ms Kumar also said there would be no new cap­i­tal works, but the fo­cus would be on com­plet­ing works that have started.

“We want to com­plete the Ba Sta­dium. We also want to com­plete the Lau­toka Swim­ming Pool, we want to com­mence with the Savusavu Mar­ket which is at the mo­ment on hold,” she said.

“We also want to get the Raki­raki Bus Sta­tion com­pleted. So these are some of the projects that started and it needs to be com­pleted. We have not put in any sub­mis­sion for new projects.”

The for­mal­i­sa­tion of Waidamu­damu, Cuvu and the Le­drusasa in­for­mal set­tle­ments will con­tinue. Ms Kumar ex­pects cho­sen peo­ple to get lots by the end of the year.

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