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Karavaki Move Thrown Out – Again

SODELPA Opposition Member of Parliament, Semesa Karavaki, has again questioned Government’s decision to continue its ‘Free Milk Programme’ in the new financial year. The issue was brought to the floor
07 Jul 2016 13:32
Karavaki Move Thrown Out – Again
Opoosition MP, Semesa Karavaki

SODELPA Opposition Member of Parliament, Semesa Karavaki, has again questioned Government’s decision to continue its ‘Free Milk Programme’ in the new financial year.

The issue was brought to the floor after Mr Karavaki made motions that the budget allocation for the programme be used for more important Government services, and the complete removal of the programme.

The motion was thrown out of Parliament by 30 votes to 15, while 5 didn’t vote.

Outside Parliament, the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, said Mr Karavaki lacked understanding on the importance of the programme.

“Karavaki has given a ridiculous explanation and the reasons he gave were not credible,” Mr Reddy, said.

Mr Karavaki said he filed a similar motion last year to remove the programme, but it was defeated.

“The reasons I outlined last year when I moved the similar motion; the intention of this programme is to provide calcium into the diet of children,” he said.

He said the most important diet available for humans were fruits and vegetables.

“When a baby grows up there is a time milk is denied from them and in the iTaukei culture that process is called ‘kali’ and at that time, fruits and vegetables are available to them as a replacement for milk.”

He said the programme was not necessary for children and if it continued that would lead to non-communicable diseases (NCDs); “an enemy that we are trying to fight.”

“We must research this and bring in a reform. There must be total reformation in this programme, because someone has deceived us somewhere in the beginning and we have been fooled all along,” he said.

“Why do we have to drink milk of animals? Animals from a young age they drink from their animal milk source.”

He said Government must think seriously about the programme.

“As leaders we must bring reforms so that our children will not be subjected to diseases because of the milk that we are giving them,” he said.

 

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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