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Ministry Signs Welfare Deal

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has signed an agreement with the authorised food vendors to continue the government’s food voucher programme. The official agreement signing between the
01 Jan 2015 10:02
Ministry Signs Welfare Deal
The Food Voucher Programme contract signing between the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and the authorised food vendors namely Carpenters Fiji Limited, Dhan Raj Chauhan and Vanita Uluidai Shop. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has signed an agreement with the authorised food vendors to continue the government’s food voucher programme.

The official agreement signing between the ministry and the three vendors namely Carpenters [Fiji] Limited (Morris Hedstrom), Dhan Raj Chauhan Enterprises and Vanita Uluidai took place yesterday at the ministry’s headquarters.

The ministry is assisting 18,000 people through the poverty benefit scheme and likewise 5000 children are assisted through the care and protection programme.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Josefa Koroivueta, said the agreement signing factors the variations in the food voucher programme.

“As announced in the 2015 budget, the monthly food voucher payment has increased from $30 to $50. These variations have been projected into the contract, which has been extended,”Dr Koroivueta said.

“New items will be identified and added on to the lists to suit the needs of the needy families and vendors will also make the necessary arrangements to avail these items for the clients,”he said.

Subhashni Lata Chauhan of Dhan Raj Chauhan Enterprises acknowledged the Government for the opportunity to serve underprivileged families in Naitasiri. The shop is based at Lot 6, Vunidawa and has been serving more than 170 social welfare clients since February last year.

“We provide basic food items to the clients who are mostly senior citizens and this arrangement with the ministry is working out well and we want to thank the Government for extending our contract,” Mrs Chauhan said.

The contract is effective from today, January 1 and expires on June 31. Further extensions to the contract will depend on the evaluation of the service provided by these vendors.

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