Subject: LUSA: Bigger budget to fund state salary hikes, Dili rebuilding, FM says

12-06-2006 13:35:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-8074369 Temas:

East Timor: Bigger budget to fund state salary hikes, Dili rebuilding, FM says

Dili, June 12 (Lusa) - The East Timorese government said Monday that it plans to raise public sector salaries by up to 20% after a revision of the new nation's state budget, which is also being reinforced to rebuild parts of Dili worst affected by weeks of violent unrest in the capital.

Foreign Minister José Ramos Horta, speaking to lawmakers in the Dili National Assembly, said around 15,000 civil servants would get salary raises of between 15 and 20%, with those in remote parts of the country getting as much as 50%.

Public sector salaries have not been increased in Timor for five years.

Ramos Horta said a revised budget, making provision for the state salary hikes, will be approved by the Dili cabinet Wednesday and subsequently sent to the national legislature for approval.

The revised fiscal blueprint is for a total euros 261 million and will also fund reconstruction of the Dili suburbs that suffered widespread property damage in recent communal violence.

The new budget replaces an earlier proposal for euros 190 million approved by the government before the eruption of violent disorder in the world's youngest nation.

"What the government wants to do is rebuild the districts, giving them much better living conditions with running water, electricity and basic sanitation", said Ramos Horta.

CJB/EL.

Lusa

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