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Special Allocation to Mark Girmitiyas 140th Anniversary

Government has set aside a special allocation of $500,000 for the commemoration of the 140-year anniversary of the first ship carrying indentured labourers or girmitiyas from British India to Fiji
02 Jul 2018 12:35
Special Allocation to Mark Girmitiyas 140th Anniversary
Students on board the a float symbolising the SS Sutlej that transported the last indentured labourers from British Indian to Fiji. Photo: FILE

Government has set aside a special allocation of $500,000 for the commemoration of the 140-year anniversary of the first ship carrying indentured labourers or girmitiyas from British India to Fiji next year.

While announcing the 2018-2019 National Budget last week, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the allocation would mean a great deal to every Fijian family, especially those who can trace their lineage back to the original girmitiyas, who were brought to Fiji and made to work, under slave-like and inhumane conditions.

He said it would also include nationwide ceremonies of remembrance, and it would cover the first round of funding of $300,000 towards the construction of a museum either in Lautoka or Nadi.

The museum will be dedicated to the history, legacy and immense contribution that girmitiyas and their descendants have made to Fiji 24/7.

Edited by Percy Kean

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