Monday, May 24, 2010

ILLEGAL PENSION DECREE REVOKED


Fiji Sun News - 25 May 2010

This was confirmed by the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday.




"We have revoked the Pensions Decree 2009," Commodore Bainimarama said. 
Former Prime Ministers Sitiveni Rabuka and Mahendra Chaudhry also had their pension payments ceased as well.



Commodore Bainimarama said the decision to revoke this was decided after discussions.
"We had meetings and we decided that this will be lifted. They will receive their pension
payments as of tomorrow. 
“We hope that these people think about this and learn from it.”

He said the State had not forgotten about these people. 
“We know they are human beings and we have made our point and we understand that they need to provide for their livelihood.”



Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka welcomed the news and accepted it with gratitude.
“I am very glad,” he said. 
“It is this prerogative for ministers and prime ministers to stop any payment of non -participatory pension payment.”




The Regulation of Pensions and Retirement Allowances Decree 2010 stated that people would have their payments ceased if the person in any way went against Government of the Republic of Fiji or any institution or authority of the Government.


The decree said the Prime Minister shall write to the person who committed the act and invited the person to show cause as to why any allowance, salary, pension.


Gratuity or any other benefit or entitlement under the Parliamentary Retirement Allowances Decree 1989, the Prime Minister’s Pensions Act 1994, the Judges Renumeration and Emoluments Act (Cap 16), the Pensions Act 1983 or any other related law on pensions, in relation to that person should not be ceased.


Upon receipt of the invitation the person may, within the prescribed time and in accordance with such other conditions as may prescribed by the Prime Minister, provide a written response and show cause as to why an allowance , salary pension, gratuity or any other benefit and entitlement in relation to that person should not be ceased.


Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, the Prime Minister may suspend the grant pending compliance by that person with this section and the making of the decision in relation to that person.

This decree was promulgated on Thursday, December 31, 2009.

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