3 Mar 2007

Fiji's military budget slashed

11:10 am on 3 March 2007

Fiji's military will be among many arms of the government which will have to tighten their belts after the interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, slashed their budgets yesterday.

Mr Chaudhry cut the military's budget by 3-point-6 million US dollars to 48-million.

The deputy commander of the military, navy Captain Esala Teleni, says they will have to live within the budget.

Captain Teleni says the military will have to put on hold the daily ration allowance paid to all married and single soldiers who do not live on camp and those who are on peacekeeping duties abroad.

Also on hold will be allowances recommended in a job evaluation exercise.

Captain Teleni says the allowances will remain on hold while the interim administration is in power but a planned peacekeeping academy in Nadi is to go ahead.