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Government Plan

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau yesterday rolled out Government’s plan for the next four years. In his address at the ceremonial opening of Parliament, Ratu Epeli said the potential to improve
08 Oct 2014 10:03
Government Plan

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau yesterday rolled out Government’s plan for the next four years.

In his address at the ceremonial opening of Parliament, Ratu Epeli said the potential to improve the economy and the lives of all Fijians had never been greater.

Ratu Epeli called for unity, dedication, focus and hard work.

Well-known hotel industry personality Yanktesh Permal Reddy, after listening to Ratu Epeli in Parliament, expressed confidence in the future. (Full story on page 3).

Ratu Epeli appealed both to history and the opportunities presented by the Bainimarama-led Government for a better future.

“My government is also determined to carry the nation with it on our journey over the next four years – to govern Fiji and leave no one behind. And it intends to place compassion, especially on the less fortunate, high on the list of national priorities,” he said.

The rest of the President’s speech spelled out the details of how the Government intends to alleviate poverty and promote a holistic form of economic growth that benefits all Fijians.

Ratu Epeli highlighted several Government initiatives:

– Allocation of $10 million to help iTaukei use their land for subdivision and development;

– Revising the national minimum wage upwards to a new rate of $2.32 an hour from July 1, 2015;

– Increase electricity subsidy for low-income families from the current 75 kilowatts per hour to 85 kilowatts per hour;

– Provision of 91,250 litres of water free to Fijian households earning less than a total of $30,000;

– Extension of the current free education for primary and secondary students to pre-school students from the beginning of the second term in 2015.

He said these initiatives would be processed through a parliamentary and Government committee that will fast-track socio-economic rights. Given our turbulent history, God has given Fijians another chance to build one nation, Ratu Epeli stated.

He warned the parliamentarians against repeating the mistakes of the past but ensuring all Fijians had the maximum benefits of development.

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