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Families Praise Government For Grant Assistance

Four families now have the chance to rebuild their burned homes after receiving help from Government. Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar handed over a $5000 grant
05 May 2015 13:57
Families Praise Government For Grant Assistance

Four families now have the chance to rebuild their burned homes after receiving help from Government.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar handed over a $5000 grant to each of its recipients at Fiji FA House in Suva.

Mr Kumar said the programme was launched last year by the Prime Minister.

“Today we have given four families $5000 each who lost their homes in fire,” he said. “We have assisted 10 families so far. We have come across applications and we are supporting the people.

“This allocation was launched in the 2014 budget announcement which was for 2015.

“This will be an ongoing programme for the Government this year.”

Those receiving the grants praised the Bainimarama-Government for helping them. Recipients included 61-year-old Ateca Aditukana, 42-year-old Rajeshwar Rai, and 47-year-old Sudesh Prasad who all spoke about the difficulties they faced after losing their homes and belongings to fire.

“I have no idea how my house got on fire. I was really frustrated because no one helped me not even my children. I stay alone and I have faced a lot of difficulties,” said Ms Aditukana.

“After that incident I started staying with a pastor in Kalabu Housing in Valelevu. He helped me a lot. I used to make jam and sell them before but I am getting old now and I need someone to support me. I had no idea on how I can rebuild my home.

“I received some information that the Government support victims who have lost their home in fire. I applied and I am grateful that someone did respond to my application. I would like to thank the Bainimarama Government it will help people like me.”

Mr Rai said he was happy to receive the call saying that he would be receiving the grant to help build his house. He travelled to Suva from Sigatoka in order to receive the $5000-help from Government.

“I am grateful that we have received grant from the ministry. I will start rebuilding our house from next week. My kids have struggled a lot and now they will finally have a house to live in,” he said.

Sudesh Prasad also expressed relief at receiving the grant. “We will start rebuilding our home. It was very hard to cope that time but it has become easier by the assistant provided by the Government,”

To qualify for such aid, the Minister said applicants should have a proper lease over the land and their income should be less than $15,000.

“They (the applicants) should have proper certification from National Fire Authority and also they need to have proper certification from Fiji Police Force,” he said.

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