08 June 2020 The Whole House Committee discussed on Thursday the 4th of June 2020, the Legislative Assembly Budget’s vote of $13,759,600 million for the financial year 2020/21.

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Fakafanua, enlightened the house with some of the main important changes on the Legislative Assembly’s vote for the financial year 2020/21;

  • 1. The increased of the constituency’s fund from $33,000 to $50,000

All 17 constituencies were currently funding in the current budget of 2019/20 with $33,000 to employ one or two office workers to help the constituency and the member of parliament from that constituency.

The Legislative Assembly’s vote for the recurrent budget for the year 2020/21 has increased the constituency’s fund to $50,000. That is to empower all constituencies to employ two or three quality and skilful office workers (employees) to assist works for the constituency and its representative to parliament.

  • 2. Increased the wages of the Community Officers from $25,000 to $40,000

Lord Fakafanua told the Whole House Committee that the current budget for 2019/20 funded $25,000 each for all 17 constituencies to help their community’s officers.

The recurrent budget for the year 2020/21 has increased the community officers’ wages from $25,000 to $40,000 each for every constituency. The community’s volunteer officers had done a very good job during the COVID-19 restrictions.

The increased wages for community’s officers will empower them to take responsibility in making sure that everyone is safe and keep the law and order.

  • 3. Increased the constituency grant from $200,000 to $250,000

Lord Fakafanua told the house that the current budget for the year 2019/20 funded $200,000 each for all 17 constituencies. The recurrent budget for the year 2020/21 has increased $850,000 for the constituency grant.

The Minister of Finance Hon Tevita Lavemaau told the house that the increased of $50,000 for every constituency meant to empower the womens’ work in the community. The fund will be claimed by the constituency’s council and then distributed accordingly.

  • 4. $50,000 constituency fund for 9 Nobles in the house to help the people

Lord Fakafanua acknowledged the house about this new initiative from the government to fund a constituency fund for the 9 seated Nobles in Parliament. This is an issue that was discussed in parliament in the previous years, a need from the Nobles to fund a constituency office for them.

However, the recurrent budget for 2020/21 funds $450,000 for Noble’s constituency fund not for office expenses but to start with a project to help the people of Tonga.

KOE NGAAHI LILIU MAHU’INGA MEI HE VOUTI ‘A E FALEALEA ‘O TONGA KI HE PATISETI 2020/21

Tali ke vahenga $50,000.00 ki he ngaahi ‘ofisi fakavahe

Ko e issue pē na’e ‘omai mei heni ‘Eiki Sea, ko e pa’anga vāhenga ko ē ki he kau ngaue ko ē ‘i he fale ko ia, ‘a ia na’e vahe’i pē ki ai ‘a e pa’anga ‘e 33,000. ‘A ia, ko e lahi e ngaahi ‘ofisi ia ‘Eiki Sea, ko e toko 1 pē ia pē ko e toko 2. Na’e ‘osi fai ‘a e savea mo e fakafuofua ki ai, ‘oku fiema’u ‘aupito ‘a e tokotaha ko ē te ne nofo ‘o fakalele ‘a e ‘ofisi ‘i ha tu’unga ngāue mo ha tu’unga taukei mā’olunga ke vahe ‘o fakafēlāve’i ki he vahe ‘a e Pule’angá, ke sai ‘ene ki’i vāhenga. Pea ‘oku tali ai ke vahe’i ‘a e pa’anga ‘e 50,000 ki he vāhenga ko ē ‘o e ngaahi ‘ofisi ko ia. ‘A ia ‘e lava pē ke fakangāue’i ai ha toko 2 pē toko 3 ke nau fakahoko ‘a e fatongia mahu’inga.

Hiki ‘aki $15000 vahenga ki he ngāue polisi fakakolo ($40,000)

Ko e polisi fakakoló, ‘i he tu’unga lolotongá, ko e patiseti ko ia ‘oku vahe ki he kau Fakafofonga ‘e 17, ‘oku 2 mano 5 afe ki he vāhenga. ‘A ia ko e pa’anga eni ke ne hanga ‘o tokonia ‘a e ngaahi polisi fakakoló, pea ‘oku ‘osi mahino pē ki he kau Fakafofongá, ‘oku ‘aonga ‘aupito ‘a e pa’anga ko ení, tautefito ki he ngaahi peau kula ko eni he ‘aho ní, ko e fiema’u ko ia ki he lockdown, pea mo e COVID-19. Ka ‘i he’ene pehē ‘oku ‘i he kuohilí, na’e ‘ikai ke faka’aonga’i ki he vāhenga ‘e ni’ihi ‘a e kakato ‘a e pa’anga ko ení, ‘a e 2 mano 5 afé. Na’e ‘i ai ‘a e ‘ū vāhenga na’e a’u pē ‘enau fakamole ki he ‘u polisi fakakoló meimei ki he vauea ko e 1 mano tupu pē. Ka ‘oku mahino mai, koe’uhi ko e lockdown, ‘oku kamata ke ngāue’i kakato ‘a e pa’anga ko ení, ka ‘oku ai pē ‘a e tokanga, ko e hiki ko ení ‘oku fiema’u ke ‘aonga ki he taumu’a ngāue ki he polisi fakakoló, ‘a ia ko e patiseti fakafo’oú, ‘oku hiki ‘aki ‘a e 1 mano ‘alu hake leva mei he 2 mano 5 afé ‘o 4 mano.

Fakalahi $850,000 silini ko e pa’anga tokoni ki he ngaahi vahenga pe CF

Ko e constituency grant, ‘a ia ‘oku fa’a ui eni ko e constituency fund, ko e CF, ko e vāhenga 17, ‘oku lolotonga tu’u ‘i he 2 kilu ki he vāhenga fili, ‘oku loto lelei ‘a e Pule’angá ke tānaki mai ‘a e taki 5 mano, ‘a ia ko e taki 5 mano ko iá, liunga ‘aki e vāhenga fili ‘e 17, ko e pa’anga fo’ou eni ko e 8 kilu 5 mano ‘oku fakalahi ‘aki e patisetí, ki he ‘ū vāhenga fili ‘e 17.

Taki $50,000 pa’anga vahe’i ma’a e kau Nōpele he tokoni fakavāhenga fili

Ko e konga fo’ou e pa’anga fo’ou ko eni ‘oku ‘omai mei he Pule’angá, ‘oku ai ‘a e 5 mano takitaha ‘a e Nōpele Fakafofonga ko eni e Hou’eiki Nōpelé ‘e 9. Ko e 5 mano ko ení ‘oku vahe ia ki he Nōpele kotoa pē he mo ‘ene ngaahi vāhengá. Ko e ngaahi tu’utu’uni ngāue ko ē ‘oku ngāue’aki ‘e he Falé ni ki hono vahe’i ko ē ‘a e pa’anga ko ia ki he constituency fund, ‘e apply pē ki he Hou’eiki Nōpelé. ‘I he ta’u kuo ‘osí, mo e ta’u atú, na’e ‘i ai ‘a e ngaahi alea pea mo e ‘u Pule’anga ko ia kimu’á, ki he constituency fund ‘a e Hou’eiki Nōpele mo ha pa’anga ke kamata’aki ha’anau ‘ofisi, ka ‘oku ‘ikai ha pa’anga ke fakapa’anga’i ‘aki ‘a e ‘ofisi fo’ou e Hou’eiki Nōpelé, pē ka ko e pa’anga eni ke nau ngāue’i ‘i he’enau takitaha vāhengá. ‘Oku kamata’aki pē ‘a e 5 mano, ‘a ia ko hono fakalūkufuá, ko e pa’anga fo’ou ‘oku ‘omai ki he ngāue ko ia ki he Hou’eiki Nōpelé ko e 4 kilu 5 mano. ‘Aia koe initiative fo’ou eni fokotu’u mai ‘ehe Pule’angá ke tali ‘ehe Fale Aleáni fakakātoa ko e pa’anga ‘e 1 miliona, 2 kilu 6 mano tupu ko hono fakaikiikí ena ‘oku ‘oatu ke mou me’a ki ai Hou’eiki.

Reference: Miniti Falealea ‘o Tonga, 04 Sune 2020, pp. 28-30

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