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Annual Support Planned For iTaukei Landowners: A-G

The Government plans to make a $10 million dollar grant for iTaukei landowners, available on an annual basis. This was confirmed in Parliament yesterday by Attorney-General and Minister for Finance
09 Jul 2015 09:52
Annual Support Planned For iTaukei Landowners: A-G
From left: The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa and the Attorney -General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Parliament yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The Government plans to make a $10 million dollar grant for iTaukei landowners, available on an annual basis.
This was confirmed in Parliament yesterday by Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
He revealed that for the 2015 grant, 35 applications had been received by the Government from landowners for the utilisation of their land.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was responding to a question raised by Opposition parliamentarian Aseri Radrodro.
Mr Radrodro asked whether the Government’s $10 million grant commitment to assist indigenous Fijian landowners for the utilisation of their land has been made available and how can it be accessed.
“Applications from member of the public who are interested in applying for the Government grant assistance can be submitted through mail, hand delivery to the office of the AG or the Ministry of Finance and also through email,”Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“An assessment is carried out which includes verifying the information and documents provided and if necessary, site visits will be conducted and successful projects are then funded,”he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also stated that applications continued to be received enquiring about the documentation and information required for the grant.
The debate was muted as Opposition members expressed their support for the Government’s initiative to support iTaukei landowners.

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