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Payout For Welfare Recipients

Vika Wati was surprised to have received her portion of the inflation mitigation payment yesterday.
07 Sep 2022 11:43
Payout For Welfare Recipients
Happy Social Welfare assistance recipient, Vika Wati after receiving her $280 on September 6, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vika Wati was surprised to have received her portion of the inflation mitigation payment yesterday.

The 63-year-old said that this was her second year on the social welfare assistance and was appreciative of the assistance.

“I thank God for this Government,” she said.

 

“Though we have a small farm and backyard gardening; we are still being assisted by this government to help us in our other essential needs, needed at home like food,” she said.

Ms Wati, who lives alone at Tamavua, said the assistance would help getting the necessities she needs.

She added that everyone who receives similar assistance to use the cash wisely and budget it well so they don’t run out of it.

 

Nadi

In the West, Meigunya, Nadi, resident Mohammed Raja, is grateful for receiving the inflation mitigation assistance payment of $180 in addition to the existing $100 social pension assistance.

“I will buy some groceries and some of my medication,” he said.

The 70-year-old father of three said his wife doesn’t receive the social pension assistance.

Mohammed Raja after withdrawing his social pension assistance and inflation mitigation assistance allocation in Nadi on September 6, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Mohammed Raja after withdrawing his social pension assistance and inflation mitigation assistance allocation in Nadi on September 6, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

 

However, his son living overseas sends him money at times.

He however, chooses to rely on his social pension allocation of $100.

“We want to thank the Government for helping us senior citizens with this extra allocation and for also helping the children,” he said.

“This kind of assistance helps us old people a lot, especially when we want to buy things for ourselves,” he said.

 

Votualevu

Nancy Fumanu, 71, of Votualevu also received the same.

“I have seen that this Government has helped me a lot,” she said.

“We can’t always lean on our family because they have their own children. I don’t rely on anyone.

Nancy Fumanu after withdrawing the social welfare assistance and Inflation Mitigation allocation on September 6, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Nancy Fumanu after withdrawing the social welfare assistance and Inflation Mitigation allocation on September 6, 2022.
Photo: Salote Qalubau

 

“I have been praying all this time and I am so happy because I usually receive $100 but most of the time, I only withdraw $50 because I have to save the rest for my medication.

“Last month I had to borrow money from my daughter to buy my medication.”

She said the bus fare assistance was also of great assistance to her.

 

In an earlier statement the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar said: “Approximately $18million will be paid to more than 90,000 social welfare beneficiaries (recipients under the Social Pension Scheme, Poverty Benefit Scheme, Expanded Food Voucher for Rural Pregnant Mothers, Disability Allowance and Care and Protection Allowance) and around 8,000 Government pensioners and After-care recipients.”

 

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