Read be­fore re­spond­ing, Sud­hakar urges Op­po­si­tion

Fiji Sun - - Parliament News -

Min­is­ter for Lands Ash­neel Sud­hakar was ir­ri­tated with the way Op­po­si­tion Mem­bers were re­spond­ing to the 2014 Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee re­port yes­ter­day.

He said Op­po­si­tion mem­bers were high­light­ing the head­ings of the doc­u­ments with­out read­ing the whole re­port un­der each head­line where all the answers were in­clud­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions and its pro­gresses.

Com­ment­ing on the Land Bank ini­tia­tive, he said it was only de­vel­oped by the Bain­i­marama Gov­ern­ment and the Fi­jiFirst Gov­ern­ment.

He said the Gov­ern­ment encourages land own­ers to de­posit their lands in the land bank. The Gov­ern­ment at its own cost would de­velop the land and sell it at the mar­ket rate. 80 per cent of the roy­al­ties go back to the land own­ers.

How­ever, he said any pro­gramme that was im­ple­mented would have teething prob­lems and over time it would be im­proved.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Min­is­ter for Lands Ash­neel Sud­hakar out­side Par­lia­ment on Au­gust 6, 2019.

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