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AQELA SUSU Suva A widow’s plea to receive social welfare assistance following the amputation of her left leg in 2009 has been heard. An emotional Chandra Wati, 60, revealed the
19 Jul 2014 09:54

AQELA SUSU
Suva

A widow’s plea to receive social welfare assistance following the amputation of her left leg in 2009 has been heard.
An emotional Chandra Wati, 60, revealed the difficulties she faced in trying to secure social welfare assistance after the death of her husband five years ago to FijiFirst party president, Dr Jiko Luveni, in Caubati on Thursday night.
Ms Wati said since the death of her husband and the amputation of her leg, she has been running to the Social Welfare Department to seek assistance so she could go for her clinics.
She said ever since she was told by the officials that they would visit her house in the squatters, however, she had not received any help.
“I have been running to the Social Welfare for help I have only one son, he’s left me because he has children and he also does not have any white collar job,” Ms Wati said.
“I need the assistance because if I want to go somewhere I have to go by taxi, but from 2009, I have been trying my best. I go there and they usually say, we will come and see you. I have a house in the squatter area here which my husband built before he died.”
In responding to her queries, Dr Luveni said she would look into her case, but people needed to know that the social welfare assistance was only granted to people who were very poor.
“As you know we have policies within the social welfare. We are helping the people at the bottom whom we refer to as the poorest of the poor so that you see when you go and apply for assistance from the social welfare they will say that you wait and I will come to your place and have a look,” Dr Luveni said.
“We have a criteria so when they come to your place they will see the standard of your homes and the appliances you have.
“If you think that you have most of this, then don’t come, but please be aware of the conditions of the social welfare assistance,” she said.
Close to 100 people were present at the meeting.
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