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Market rate rentals to net nearly $3 million

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 21, 2010) - More than FJ$5.6 million [US$2.9 million] is expected to be generated from the rental of government quarters.

Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said in a statement this was $4.2 million [US$2.2 million] more than existing revenue gained from the quarters.

There are 424 privately rented properties Fiji-wide for housing civil servants in addition to existing government quarters.

He said major developments in the reform were the rental of government quarters at market rates to both civil servants and others, which is to be confined to Suva at this stage.

"We will begin this process firstly through rental at market rates of the government quarters which are currently vacant or are undergoing renovations in Suva," he said

Twelve Suva quarters were chosen to pilot the reform, Mr. Chand said. Their renovation was close to completion and some were ready to be occupied.

But he clarified there would be no change in the tenancy arrangements for properties rented from private landlords to house eligible civil servants.

Chand said there would be further consultations before changes on the system of private homes rented by the Government.

He said the Government had also decided that Borron House and VIP House in Berkeley Crescent would be made available for hiring out on commercial basis when the properties were not required by Government.

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