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New Amendment to the Budget Bill discussed in Parliament

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,26/06/2018

Members of Parliament this afternoon passed new amendment to the Budget 2018-19 after the Whole House Committee approved the Budget Statement, Budget program with its amendments and 25 Ministerial votes last week.

The Hon Minister of Finance Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa says the amendment was only to the end of the financial year which is supposed to be 2019 not 2018.

He apologizes to the members for their mistake.

Meanwhile, during the deliberation, ‘Eua’s people representative to Parliament Tevita Lavemaau requested if the government could waive the school fees for the High students in ‘Eua because of the damaged from Cyclone Gita.

He adds the islanders are still facing financial difficulties from the widespread damaged from the cyclone.

Meanwhile, ‘Eua Noble’s representative to Parliament Lord Nuku supported the initiative.

The two Niuas MP Vatau Hui also supported the idea but he said, students in Tongatapu should be part of this program.

In response, the deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika says that they Minister of Finance agreed to waive the school fees for the students in ‘Eua for term 3 and 4 of this year but for Tongatapu to be put on hold.

Before the deliberation concluded this afternoon, the Acting Chair of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu’ilakepa requested for the media to avoid distributing unreliable information by saying that His Majesty’s disapprove the budget.

He clarifies, once the budget is approved by Parliament, it should be gazetted before his Majesty’s approval.

The House was adjourned until further notice.

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