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Positive Feedbacks From Akbar’s Visit

Women of the North flocked in big numbers to take advantage of the first public consultations organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation at the Civic Centre
18 Oct 2014 07:46
Positive Feedbacks From Akbar’s Visit
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar with women in Labasa recently. Photo: Peni Drauna

Women of the North flocked in big numbers to take advantage of the first public consultations organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation at the Civic Centre in Labasa on Thursday.

More than 200 people met the Honourable, Rosy Akbar, and there was excitement among those who attended the consultations, expressing gratitude to the Minister for the opportunity to access government’s assistance to uplift their lives.

Mrs Akbar said similar consultations would be held around the country in the coming months.

“We are happy with the turnout today and this approach will help us to effectively address the plight of the poor,” the Minister said.

“We will deal case by case with all of your concerns will be documented and the Ministry will try to respond within two weeks time. All the social welfare programmes are processed within certain criteria and we will ensure that all the deserving cases are assisted.”

Bimla Wati, 65, of Vulovi said through the consultation she was now aware about the application processes for the welfare programmes.

“I am delighted to be here today and when I heard it over the radio that this consultation was taking place, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. It was also the first time for us to meet a women’s minister and she is very kind in her approach and advised us on ways we can apply for government’s assistance” Mrs Wati said.

Meanwhile the ministry to date is assisting more than, 17,000 people through its Poverty Benefit Scheme, 2211 recipients for the Care and Protection Programme, a total of 11,194 beneficiaries for the Social Pension Scheme, more than 30,000 people are also benefiting from Bus Fare Concession with a total of 1003 recipients for the Expanded Food Voucher Programme for pregnant mothers.

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