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Increase In Alcohol, Cigarette Prices Will Help Stop Abuse

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the increase in the prices of alcohol and cigarettes would help cut the abuse of these substances. “At least this will
23 Jun 2016 10:46
Increase In Alcohol, Cigarette Prices Will Help Stop Abuse
Increase in alcohol & cigarette prices

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the increase in the prices of alcohol and cigarettes would help cut the abuse of these substances.

“At least this will help cut the abuse of these substances,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

Mr Nakauvadra was reacting to the Budget 2017 announcement by Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament last night.

Electrician Walter Heritage said the idea to increase the price on cigarettes and alcohol was a good idea.

“At least people would now have to prioritise spending money.”

“This would see people cutting down on smoking and drinking, which are at the same time beneficial for their health.”

Carrier driver Nilesh Kumar said he understood that Government was still concentrating on the cyclone recovery but was happy that there was something for everyone.

He agreed the increase in cigarettes and alcohol will see people save more money now.

Mr Nakauvadra concurred saying the budget was tough but said it was geared towards recovery after Cyclone Winston.

School teacher Alvin Ranawai said he was happy with the increase in salary for Early Childhood Education teachers.

“It is also still worthy for the ordinary people but all in all it is a good Budget.”

“There are also some benefits for the younger generation and something there for the elderly.”

52-year-old housewife Manjula Devi of Field 40, Lautoka said she was happy that a large sum of money was allocated in the rehabilitation work on schools in the coming months.

“One area which needed serious attention was education and I am thankful as this has been included in the Budget,” she said.

“Many children and their families were affected by the cyclone and the rehabilitation works will bring back the smiles on these individuals to strengthen our economy.”

Garment Factory worker Radha Krishna, 47, from Raviravi, Ba, said that money allocated for more scholarships was the best in this budget.

“Children nowadays will have more competition and more scholarships will help the children get quality education for their better future,” she said.

“We did not have such opportunities but it is possible now which gives an indication of a brighter future.”

School Needs teacher Rahul Kumaran, 25, from Varadoli, Ba, said he was happy with the inclusion of more facilities which would ease the flow for handicapped students.

“Inclusive education was one area that was given priority but buses with special seats reserved for children with special needs in the West is a plus point,” Mr Kumaran said.

“The discrimination and stigma attached will therefore be removed and these children will feel wanted, protected and safeguarded.”

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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