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Akbar Briefs Lautoka Residents

More than 100 people from Lautoka received first-hand information on Government’s social welfare empowerment programmes for women and children. This was made possible through the fifth public consultation organised by
24 Dec 2014 12:34
Akbar Briefs Lautoka Residents
People who attended the public consultation at Shirley Park in Lautoka last week.

More than 100 people from Lautoka received first-hand information on Government’s social welfare empowerment programmes for women and children.

This was made possible through the fifth public consultation organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation at Shirley Park in Lautoka.

The consultation was chaired by Minister Rosy Akbar, who interacted directly with the public on issues concerning social welfare programmes for women and children.

Ms Akbar said such public consultations aimed to increase reach to rural and remote communities.

“The purpose of this consultation is to listen to your problems and then identify the best ways in which this ministry can assist you,” she said.

“Through this platform, we aim to disseminate information about the different programmes and their eligibility criteria, so that people, particularly those in rural areas don’t miss out on them.

“We have a set time-frame of six weeks to process the social welfare applications that had been lodged. The Government of the day is a caring Government. It’s particularly concerned with the wellbeing of children, persons living
with disabilities and senior citizens. ”

Premila Wati Phillip, a 63-year-old social worker of Seniyaya Settlement in Lautoka, said it was encouraging that single mothers were benefiting from such consultations.

“There are a lot of domestic violence cases and child welfare cases; and through such consultations women are able to seek advice from the Minister. It gives them confidence to know that the ministry is there to help them. They don’t have to suffer in silence; they can report the cases of abuse and violence through these consultations,” Ms Phillip said.

Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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