VNPF GM explains purchase of new vehicles

The General Manager (GM) of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF), Parmod Achary, has clarified why VNPF had recently bought several new vehicles following a concern on social media.

Some of VNPF's vehicles are more than 4-years old thus, needed to be replaced, he said. He said the new vehicles will replace some of the old ones.

GM Achary said: “We (VNPF) are sending one vehicle to Tanna and another one to Malekula as VNPF is now increasing its footprints on these two islands.

“The vehicles will be used to improve communication between members and employers and for contribution collection. 

“The new vehicles are kept in Port Vila while the older ones are sent to the remote areas.

“Also, Efate alone is quite a big area with a lot of members and employers scattered everywhere. 

“VNPF needs transportation to reach new areas when it comes to increasing contribution collection and awareness.

“As custodians of the members’ fund, we need transport to do our important role. We can send our inspectors by bus to new areas."

GM Achary explained that apart from the formal sector, VNPF is expanding coverage to include the informal sector.

Meanwhile, GM Achary said he is not in a position to respond to allegations about an increase to the VNPF Board members' sitting allowances.

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