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Charges Likely For People Who Abuse CARE For Fiji

Charges Likely For People Who Abuse CARE For Fiji
May 17
11:56 2018

Charges will soon be laid against some people who falsified their details to get Government assistance under the CARE for Fiji programme following last month’s cyclones and floods.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday informed Parliament that Government was giving a two-week grace period for those who may have falsified information, to re­turn their cards.

He also gave Parliament an update on the initiative. The CARE for Fiji programme in­cludes Homes-CARE, Farms-CARE, Sugar­cane-CARE, Leaseholders-CARE, Welfare-CARE and eTransport-CARE.


As of Tuesday, 202,368 Fijians have been assisted under the eTransport-CARE. This includes 183,826 adults receiving a $50 top up and another 18,542 student cards topped up with $25. So far, Government has spent $9.65 million.


These households are provided prepaid electronic cards through Vodafone, with values of $1000, $1500, $3000 and $7000 to buy materials to repair their homes and replace possessions that were lost or badly damaged, including white goods, electrical appliances, furniture, bedding, curtains and everyday household items and utensils.

“As of yesterday (Tuesday), Madam Speak­er, 23,896 households under Homes-CARE have been assisted at a cost of $29.17 mil­lion,” the A-G said.

Out of this, 56 households were eligible for $7000 as their homes were either totally de­stroyed or suffered severe structural dam­age. A further 1613 households received $3000 for partial structural damage, such as roof been blown or a collapsed wall. It also included homes that were not severely dam­aged, but all or most of the possessions were lost or damaged by flood waters.

The bulk of affected households – 18,799 received $1000 which included home owners that suffered minor water damage and had some possessions lost or damaged.

Apart from this, 3428 households under the vakavanua arrange­ments were assisted with $1500 where their homes were either de­stroyed or severely damaged.


Government has assisted 30,697 farmers, with a total cost of $15.3 million so far. Out of this, 601 fully commercial farmers were assisted with prepaid cards of $2300.

“A further 2518 semi-commercial farmers were provided with $1200 with the remaining 27,578 small scale subsistence farmers assisted with prepaid cards ranging from $150 to $1000, depending on the ex­tent of damage,” the A-G said.


The Sugarcane-CARE programme will provide affected sugarcane farmers with fertilizer for reha­bilitation of damaged cane plants planted late last year, including clearing of debris, waterways and in-field drainage repairs and clear­ing, repairs to cane access roads, crossings/bridges and crop re­planting.

“Madam Speaker, to-date a total of 5678 forms have been assessed and the FSC and Ministry of Sugar Industry have conducted field veri­fication for 4212 (75 per cent) forms and the rest will be completed by end of the week.”




All households leasing iTaukei or State land for residential or agri­cultural purposes, with income less than $50,000, and are affected by the recent cyclones will be assisted by Government with one year lease payment. Fijians have been reg­istering for this assistance at the various Legal Aid Offices around the country.

Government will assess these applications and liaise with the iTaukei Land Trust Board and Min­istry of Lands for payment


Government, through the Minis­try of Children, Women and Pov­erty Alleviation, has provided an initial one-month top up to 13,161 social welfare recipients who were affected by the cyclones and the flood. $1.14 million has been used for this assistance.

FNPF assistance

To date, 13,540 members have been assisted with a value of $11.3 mil­lion.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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