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Budget Concerns For Disabled People

  Budget limitations should not be a hindrance to providing services to persons with disabilities in Fiji, says Dr Josefa Koroivueta. The Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
22 May 2016 10:00
Budget Concerns For Disabled People
Permanent Secretary Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta(left) with Social Welfare Director Rupeni Fatiaki(right) during the Foreign Affairs and Defence Standing Committee sitting yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Budget limitations should not be a hindrance to providing services to persons with disabilities in Fiji, says Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

The Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation made the comments during the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence meeting in Parliament on Friday.

“There are issues in the budget limitations but that shouldn’t limit our creative abilities to look after people with disability,” he said.

He said in the end it was important that people living with disabilities are given the opportunities they deserved.

“When we signed the convention, we knew there were going to be challenges; there were some in-house issues that we need to make right.”

Dr Koroivueta said they supported the ratification of the convention without any reservation.

He said the ministry was looking at other alternatives to accommodate financial assistance for persons living with disabilities.

“The benefits they are getting from the ministry scheme are not enough; they need much more than the financial assistance they are getting now,” he said.

Opposition Whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca, after stating that the budget allocated by the ministry to assist people with disabilities was not enough, asked, “Is there a significant increase for your budget for next year on people with disabilities?” he said.

Dr Koroivueta replied there was some increase but it was still not enough to address the initiatives that they had in mind.

“That is why we are going to put in a person to proactively look at resources; one of the big issues is to create residential facilities for them; costs associated with building infrastructure, and accommodate resources to supplement what we have with us,” he said.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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