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70 Homes-CARE Cards Returned To Ministry, 34,347 Families Assisted

70 Homes-CARE Cards Returned To Ministry, 34,347 Families Assisted
Ministry of Women , Children and Poverty Alleviation staff service people that came for the Home Care Intiative at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on 16 May 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
June 01
10:34 2018

Dr Josefa Koroivueta has con­firmed that 70 Homes Cy­clone Assistance Relief Ef­fort (CARE) cards were returned as of yesterday,

Six eTransport CARE cards have also been returned.

As of May 29, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alle­viation has assisted 34,437 families through the Homes-CARE initia­tive.

The Permanent Secretary for Women Children and Poverty Alle­viation Dr Koroivueta said that as of May 29 the ministry had assisted families between Sigatoka and Ra and also Labasa.

He said the most beneficiaries were from Ba, which was under­standable, because Ba was the worst affected by the two recent Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni and floods that came with them.

The aid amount for Homes-CARE was about $40million. Today the team are in Nadi.

“We still have about 9000 people in Lautoka, who are yet to be served. Following the Lautoka sweep we will focus on members of the com­munities in Labasa.

“We will advise the public through the news media on the particular date, time and venue to complete what has not been finished in Lau­toka.”

He said for Ba, the ministry had is­sued cards to about 2100 people in a special category and these were the older persons, people with disabili­ties and expecting mothers as well.

“And how we have laid out the platform for processing was easy and a three-point processing where people come in and are verified, as­sessed before they are issued with the M-Paisa cards,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“For the special category, all the processing is done in one tent, which is a one-stop-shop.”

The Ministry of Economy officials were also doing spot checks in the places of the operation as well as in areas that had been covered before.

He said they had provided infor­mation to the ministry which was flagged at the time of operation.

“Some people have come forward to return the M-Paisa cards,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“They have come to realise that this is a serious issue.

“Basically, they have defrauded the Government by producing false information for the financial ad­vantage.

“It’s a penalty under the False In­formation Act.

“We have been advising members of the public at the time of the op­eration, in all vernaculars, every half an hour, the issue about pro­ducing false information.

“Only members of the household are eligible for assistance, should they deserve to be assisted.

“We have the advisory counsel­lors present, who know members of their communities, and also the turaga ni koro (village headman) so they can verify there and then.

“We were able to turn people away from the operation site.

“In front of the processing cue is a warning sign to deter those who think of obtaining cards when they shouldn’t.” Edited by Percy Kean


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