Budget Reports by ISAAC NICHOLAS, BARNABAS ORERE PONDROS, SHEILA LASIBORI, FRANK SANGE KOLMA
THE National Government has allocated K66 million for the 2010 National Census.
The PNG National Census is conducted every 10 years with the last one conducted in 2000.
Treasury and Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch also made allocations for the creation of the Department of Public Enterprises (K3 million) and Office of Tourism, Arts and Culture (K1.5 million).
The two new organisations recently created, including Customs, were allocated K12.4 million and Immigration Office K5.8 million in 2010.
Hela and Jiwaka Transitional Authorities, which were approved by Parliament last month, received K2 million each to start the ground work for the realisation of two separate provinces by 2012.
The Border Development Authority (BDA) has been allocated K4 million for next
The National Government has also provided K118 million to fund its outstanding superannuation obligations, which include funding exit payments for public servants who access their retirement benefits.
It has also provided K20 million to settle the carry-over of the 2007 public sector retrenchment exercise.
National airline Air Niugini has again received a Government subsidy of K30 million for the procurement of a new aircraft.
Mr Pruaitch said the same level of funding was also provided in 2009 for Air Niugini to meet costs associated with refleeting and other operational issues.
The 2010 Budget also provides additional funding for a series of other high priority development expenditures including:
* Waigani office re-development (K8 million);
* Public Service Housing (K15 million);
* Housing Corporation (K15 million);
* National Strategic Plan (K10 million);
* Land Acquisition (K10 million);
* National Disaster Office (K5 million); and
* Kokoda initiative (K4 million).