10 Feb 2015

PNG Defence Force to look after ex-servicemen

7:12 am on 10 February 2015

The head of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force says it has taken steps to make legislative changes to ensure servicemen are well looked after following their retirement.

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

Papua New Guinea parliament facade. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The Post Courier reports that PNGDF commander Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo told a leaders' summit in Port Moresby that many servicemen have demanded financial help in order to sustain themselves.

Some Defence Force leaders have long criticised the unresolved retrenchment process involving hundreds of former army personnel.

Brigadier General Toropo says the necessary process to amend certain provisions had been considered and presented to both the Defence Minister and Treasury Minister to put to Parliament.

He says the changes would at least improve the morale of servicemen and women.