PM handouts cheques to Rakiraki market vendors
13:42 Fri Feb 10, 2012
Many crops were destroyed during the recent flooding.
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Report by: Apisalome Coka
99 Rakiraki market vendors have each received a hundred dollars from the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama for revenue lost during the floods.
The payment for 43 days of market fees to the council.
Speaking at the handing over of the cheques – Minister for Trade Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says this is the first time any government in Fiji has assisted all permanent market vendors in a town.
He told the vendors – the assistance wouldn’t have eventuated without the approval of the PM.
Special Administrator Saini Raiko says while Rakiraki is a new town trying to stand on its feet – the assistance will go a long way.
“The fact that government has recognised that despite it being a small town – in light of the recent natural disaster – there is a need for support to the small businesses and this is what the government has done. Just the fact that the head of government would come to the smallest town with the smallest market to personally hand them assistance in the form of fees for days lost during business – that will be something that will be talked about for a while."
Prime Minister and the Attorney-General are currently in Ba town to hand out cheques to the market vendors and businesses there.
More than $66,000 in assistance will be given out to businesses and market vendors in the flood ravaged areas today.
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