Vanuatu Government Pays $9M To Public Servants To Fulfill Outstanding Claims

Fulfills oustanding government obligation, more timely system now in place

By Godwin Ligo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, December 22, 2016) – The Vanuatu Government began the Vt1,030,000,000 [$US9,348,000] roll-out of payments for outstanding claims to the Public Servants, in various sectors of the Public Service, yesterday morning.

This includes those who have either retired, medically unfit to continue working in the public service, and or resigned from the public service and were paid claims, in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Act.

While the payout of claims involved many public servants across all government sectors such as medical staff, teachers, members of Vanuatu Police Forces, and others of the government services, some of those entitled received their cheques yesterday, while the Ministry and the Department of Finance were and are busy, running off cheques for all outstanding claimants.

Both the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, and the Minister of Finance Gaetan Pikioune, assured everyone entitled that they will begin receiving their cheques as of yesterday afternoon and the coming days and weeks until all outstanding claims are paid.

The first payout, mostly to the families of the public servants who have passed away, was made by the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, in July 2016.

The amount of the payout claims at the time came to Vt400 million {$US3,739,000] across the board.

Yesterday was the second and the first roll-out payments to the public servants who have either retired, medically unfit to continue working and or resigned and were paid their claims in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Act, both Prime Minister and Minister of Finance confirmed to the Daily Post.

“This is a Government obligation that has been outstanding over the years.

“It is the obligation of the Government to ensure this is cleared now and come 2017, the Government will put in place a new mechanism or system where claims for retired civil servants, or those medically unfit to continue working or resigning and justified to be paid their claims, will no longer need to have to wait, because the new system will take care of pay out upon their leaving the public service,” the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai revealed to the Daily Post and supported by the Minister of Finance Gaetan Pikioune.

They called on the public servants across the board in all government sectors, as of January 2017 onward.

While it was not clear how many public servants including medical staff, teachers, Vanuatu Police Forces and all other government sectors that are on the list of the current payout, the Daily Post understands that there several hundreds of public servants who are entitle to the payout claims outstanding from the past up to this point of time.

In his opening remarks before the Minister of Finance, Gaetan Pikioune presented the cheques to the claimants who were present yesterday morning, the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, said the total funds to take care of all outstanding past and present claims is not from foreign aid but from the Vanuatu Government itself.

“I wish to call on all of you who are receiving your cheques today and in the coming days and in the New Year 2017 as we make the roll-out payment to every claimant to invest your money wisely in order to help you and your families.

“The government and all of us are pleased because all these money will be invested back into the country,” said Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

The Minister of Finance supported the Prime Minister by reiterating that all those claimants that are yet to receive their cheques, that they will begin receiving them as of yesterday afternoon, in the coming days and weeks.

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