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15,707 Benefit From Pension Scheme

Akbar: Government promotes wellbeing and interests of senior citizens The Government’s Social Pension Scheme is currently benefiting 15,707 senior citizens around the country. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
12 Oct 2015 10:13
15,707 Benefit From Pension Scheme
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (left), meeting the senior citizens at the public consultations in Lautoka. Photo: DEPTFO News

Akbar: Government promotes wellbeing and interests of senior citizens

The Government’s Social Pension Scheme is currently benefiting 15,707 senior citizens around the country. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar said 2324 were new beneficiaries who were approved through the new age eligibility that came into effect in July.

“As of July, the eligibility criteria for Social Pension Scheme also includes the senior citizens who are 68 years and above and who don’t have access to any form of superannuation funds like FNPF, Ex-Servicemen, or Aftercare Fund had applied for the monthly pension. A total of 2324 senior citizens had been assisted through the new age criteria.

“In 2015, Government reformed the Social Pension Scheme to reduce the age of eligibility from 70 years to 68 years and to increase the monthly allowance from $30 to $50. The funding for this programme has been increased from $3 million to $8 million inorder to carry out this reform,” Ms Akbar said.

She said such programmes had been initiated by the Fijian Government to recognise the contributions of senior citizens.

“The establishment of National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) and implementation of much awaited programmes like Social Pension Scheme and Bus Fare Subsidy has been created through the Government’s commitment to promote supportive and inclusive society for senior citizens in Fiji.”

Meanwhile, 46,133 senior citizens and 2101 persons living with disabilities are benefiting from Government’s bus fare subsidy.

The Ministry also spearheads the NCOP that has representatives from Government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to promote the wellbeing and interests of senior citizens.

“Matters concerning the welfare of senior citizens are treated with urgency and as such, the Ministry will continue to increase its reach out to the ageing population. Their contributions towards developing this nation will not go unrecognised,” Ms Akbar said.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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