How The 28,089 Cheated The $50 Assistance

A total of around 282,000 applications were received for the $50 cash assistance.
11 Jun 2021 14:03
How The 28,089 Cheated The $50 Assistance
Acting Permanent Secretary for Economy Shiri Gounder during his nationwide address on May 4, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

It has been noted that 28,089 people tried to cheat the system by applying for the $50 cash assistance programme through multiple mobile phones.

The number also included people below the age of 18 years and those who provided incorrect/insufficient information.

This was issued from the Department of Information.

“This time around, rather than restricting the assistance per household, the $50 cash assistance was paid out to every qualifying Fijian 18 years and over in Viti Levu who do not receive any other form of assistance,” the department stated.

“A total of around 282,000 applications were received for the $50 cash assistance.

“Around 58,000 applicants were not eligible as 22,671 were receiving unemployment assistance for the formal sector through the joint Government/FNPF Scheme, 5012 were receiving student allowances through Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board, and 2228 were social welfare recipients.

“There are no restrictions or time limit to the cash assistance as to when these funds could be used through their M-PAiSA or MyCash money wallets.”

Fijians are urged to use the $50 to buy groceries and other essential items at their own convenience.

The Minister for Economy and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thanked Vodafone, Digicel, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, Fiji National Provident Fund, Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board and Ministry of Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation who assisted with the verifications and processing of this assistance.



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