PNG To Implement Pension, National Service Schemes in 2015

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Elderly, disabled and youth targeted by programs: PM O’Neill

By Miriam Malawa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 24, 2013) – Papua New Guinea’s Government will introduce a pension system and a national service scheme in 2015, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.

O’Neill said the pension system would cater for every individual over 65 and every person living with disability in the country.

"Many of the old and people living with disabilities are not looked after well," he said.

"That is why this policy will be introduced so that they have the dignity of a quality life that they deserve."

O’Neill however did not elaborate on how the pension scheme would work and if it was only for retired public servants.

O’Neill said the national service scheme would be introduced for young people in the streets and children who were unable to go to universities or higher education institutions in the country.

"They can go to the National Service so that they feel useful in their country," he said.

He made the policy announcement during the launching of Paru Aihi’s by-election campaign for the Kairuku-Hiri seat in Central, at Hisiu village.

Aihi is a member of the People’s National Congress party, led by O’Neill.

O’Neill made that policy announcement when addressing party supporters.

He said with those plans, the Government needed good quality leaders to implement them.

"The government is changing PNG – we are not just talking but changing PNG," he said.

"We’ve got the right set of policies, right answers for education.

"We are rebuilding our health systems and rebuilding infrastructure."

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