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20,400 Benefit From Social Welfare

More than 20,400 families in Fiji are taking advantage of Government’s social welfare assistance provided through the Poverty Benefit Scheme and Care and Protection Programme. Senior citizens, single mothers, widows
08 Jan 2015 13:14
20,400 Benefit From Social Welfare
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (middle), at the Nasinu Social Welfare office. Photo: DEPTFO News

More than 20,400 families in Fiji are taking advantage of Government’s social welfare assistance provided through the Poverty Benefit Scheme and Care and Protection Programme.

Senior citizens, single mothers, widows and persons living with disabilities flocked in large numbers to the Department Social Welfare offices on Tuesday and yesterday to collect their monthly food vouchers which has increased from $30 to $50.

The Social Welfare Office in Valelevu, Nasinu, has served over 1725 recipients in the last two days.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar visited the welfare offices in Suva, Nausori and Valelevu.

She met and had informal discussions with some welfare recipients.

“Government will continue to reach out and assist as many needy families in Fiji to ensure that they are able to access the assistance they deserve,” Ms Akbar said.

“Those senior citizens who are neglected by their families will be taken care of by the Ministry.”

Debi Chand, 72, of Nasinu had been relying on social welfare assistance for the past three years.

“Hadn’t it been for welfare assistance, we would have struggled to make ends meet. I am glad that the food voucher is now $50. We can buy more food items and likewise get $50 monthly cash allowances.

“The welfare assistance ensures that we live a dignified life at this age and we thank this Government for showing great care and compassion towards the senior citizens.”

Another elderly recipient Rajwanti Kaur thanked the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama for helping needy Fijians.

“I am really grateful to the Prime Minister for thinking about the poor families and the increment in food voucher programme will bring great relief to these families in ensuring that they are able to access basic food items,” Ms Kaur said.

She is assisted with a $60 monthly allowance and will now receive $50 food voucher.

In Nasinu area only, the welfare office serves 677 senior citizens aged 70 years and over under the pension scheme and 1344 senior citizens and persons living with disability in Nasinu areas alone are assisted with bus fare subsidy.

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