More Fijians to benefit from Homes CARE initiative
07:37 Wed Jun 13, 2018
Taken from/By: FBC news
Report by: Maggie Boyle
More Fijians are expected to receive assistance under the Homes CARE initiative.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Social Welfare – Dr. Josefa Koroivueta says they’re field teams are in the process of concluding their consultations in the Western Division.
Dr. Koroivueta says so far, more than 56 thousand families have been assisted and these figures are expected to increase by the end of this week.
Meanwhile the PS noted that with an Amnesty in place their offices are open across the North and West to receive returned M-PAISA cards from those applicants who received assistance and weren’t eligible for it.
“We’ve been strongly advising people you know to prevent them from being punished by law if they’re giving false information. I mean there’s a heavy fine, heavy penalty and also up to 10 year’s imprisonment if they provide false information to the government.”
The Amnesty for ineligible recipients will end on Friday.
Dr. Koroivueta notes that the Homes CARE program has so far benefited 594 Fijians in Labasa, in Sigatoka there were 5,220 recipients, Ba, 11, 956, Ra 7,410 and in Lautoka, 7,103.
The largest group of beneficiaries are from Nadi with 18, 333 successful recipients.
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