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Fund Members Laud Relax Move

Staff members of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) are working overtime to process applications from members after requirements for Natural Disaster Assistance were relaxed. A massive crowd had gathered
04 Mar 2016 09:09
Fund Members  Laud Relax Move
Crowd of people in front of FNPF building Plaza 1 to claim for quick repairs housing assistance. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Staff members of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) are working overtime to process applications from members after requirements for Natural Disaster Assistance were relaxed.

A massive crowd had gathered in and outside the FNPF Boulevard in Suva to collect and lodge application forms.

The scene was the same at other branches.

Jasvindar Singh, of Vunikavikaloa, Rakiraki, said she needed the money to help her parents rebuild their home because Cyclone Winston had destroyed it.

Ms Singh, who lives at Davuilevu Housing, said her home suffered minor damage.

“My house and some of our clothes were soaked with water, and the sofa was damaged as well,” she said.

“But my family in Rakiraki lost a lot. All their crops were damaged and my parents lost their house because it got blown away.”

She is grateful to the FNPF board and management for understanding the situation by relaxing their requirements.

Tamavua resident Taito Matasolevu said he needed some money to rebuild his house which suffered minor damage but the bulk of the funds was to help his family in Nailega, Wainibuka.

He also welcomed the move by FNPF. Similar sentiments were echoed by Vinish Chandra of Nacara Street in Vatuwaqa who intends to help his cousins in Tailevu.

FNPF board chairman Ajith Kodagoda while announcing the relaxation of the requirements on Monday said this was to ensure that members could quickly access their funds to help them rebuild lives.

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