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More benefits To Expect From The 2019-2020 National Budget

Every budget that this Government has released has been connected to the previous one. Their policies all link up and today we are bearing the fruits of it.
09 May 2019 15:26
More benefits To Expect From The 2019-2020 National Budget
Budget

Editorial:

We are less than a month away from our na­tional budget announcement for the finan­cial year 2019-2020.

National budgets by FijiFirst and before that the Bainimarama administration has seen some out of the box policies implemented in the country.

These have included first-time ever paternity leave, family care leave, tax rebates for companies who have day care centres, food vouchers for rural pregnant mothers, free bus fare schemes, insurance for civil servants and those who are recipients of the social welfare pensions.

They have also led the charge in getting families to start saving. They have successfully done so by giving $1000 to every mother whose household income is be­low $30,000 when they give birth. These policies have greatly assisted every Fijian in the country.

Every budget that this Government has released has been connected to the previous one. Their policies all link up and today we are bearing the fruits of it.

Fijians have been given opportunities to send in their submissions on the national budget. It is a direct way in which they have their say in the policies we will see announced on the evening of June 7.

What to watch out for:

Given Fiji’s leadership on climate change issues, Fijians can expect policy announcements to further achieve what Fiji has set out to do.

We had seen the introduction of a fee on the use of single use plastic bags. The use of this is to be com­pletely phased out by next year.

Other countries have led the charge on this and Fiji is well aware of the importance of keeping our oceans free of plastics. Some tax incentives on biodegradable products will be a step in the right direction.

In addition to this, we can expect further opportuni­ties for young Fijians. This has been the first Govern­ment to focus on creative arts and to give scholarships and grants for publishing books and film making. Strengthening of policies will ensure more Fijians are able to make the most of these opportunities.

Social wages have been a major focus of the FijiFirst Government and they will not be doing away with any major policies on this front any time soon.

Lamb chops prices? It may remain unchanged.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

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