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Akbar To Meet With Association

The Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will meet with the Fiji Bus Operators Association, to address the grievances raised by recipients of the Government’s Bus Fare Concession scheme.
01 Nov 2014 16:18
Akbar To Meet With Association
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar will meet with the Fiji Bus Operators Association to resolve the bus fare issue raised by elders in Navua.

The Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will meet with the Fiji Bus Operators Association, to address the grievances raised by recipients of the Government’s Bus Fare Concession scheme.

During the public consultations chaired by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar in Navua, some senior citizens complained of being ill-treated by some bus drivers.

Responding to the concerns raised by the Navua residents, Ms Akbar said the ministry would call for a meeting with the Fiji Bus Operators Association.

“We will be organising a meeting with the Fiji Bus Operators Association to resolve this matter and so that they can brief their drivers well.  We would really like all the stakeholders to co-operate with us, so a meeting will be arranged; the sooner the better,” Ms Akbar said.

In 2011, an agreement was signed between the Government and the association that allowed elderly persons over the age of 60 to pay half the fare while persons living with disabilities are eligible for free bus fares.

“The Social Welfare Department processes all the applications for the bus fare subsidy; those applying for this assistance must provide two passport photos with their birth certificate and we will process the identification card (ID) cards.  For the elderly they carry a yellow ID card and for the permanently disabled they are given a red ID card.

Meanwhile, the ministry is currently assisting more than, 17,000 people through its Poverty Benefit Scheme; a total of 2211 recipients for its Care and Protection Programme; a total of 11,194 beneficiaries for Social Pension Scheme and 41,836 (Elderly 40,274 and Disability 1562) people are also benefiting from the Bus Fare Concession.

Likewise, a total of 1003 pregnant mothers in rural areas are benefiting from the Government’s Expanded Food Voucher Programme.

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