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Retired Sergeant Delighted With Back Pay News

The 10-year wait has been worth it, says retired sergeant of the Fiji Police Force, Pradeep Kumar. The 58-year-old, who retired in 2011, is among those who would collect a
22 Dec 2014 10:50
Retired Sergeant Delighted With Back Pay News
Pradeep Kumar at his home in Navua yesterday. Photo: RAMA

The 10-year wait has been worth it, says retired sergeant of the Fiji Police Force, Pradeep Kumar.

The 58-year-old, who retired in 2011, is among those who would collect a substantial payout soon.

The payout represents what is owed to about 2000 ex-police officers and those currently serving in the force in back pay after a job evaluation exercise in 2004.

Mr Kumar said they were really happy to know that what was owed to them was finally coming through.

“We were expecting the payout to be paid in 2004,” he said.

“We received some and then all of a sudden it stopped.”

Mr Kumar has served with the Fiji Police for 34 years. He said everything was forgotten as the years went by.

“Many people were affected by it as people had plans so now most of our lot have retired; some have migrated and sadly some have passed away.”

He said they were informed that they would be paid gradually but after sometime, it stopped.

“The funds were released; we were told of it and we’re hopeful,” Mr Kumar said.

“We queried it but only got little information here and there.”

He said his family was now looking forward to the payout and hopeful the money would come their way next month.

“This money is future investment for many and it would be a delight to be paid what was owed to us,” Mr Kumar said.

“We thank this Government for actually thinking about us. For those who are retired it would be their lifeline.”

Mr Kumar said he had plans to invest in a business and was praying that they would actually be paid.

 

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