19th October 06:04 AM
People abusing the Homes CARE initiative will soon be charged - Acting PM
By Semi Turaga
Thursday 17/05/2018
People line up for the Homes CARE initiative applications [Photo: Jim Smith]

Some people will soon be charged for abusing the Homes CARE initiative.

Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has told parliament that some people have even gone to the Fijian Elections Office and changed their address to an area affected by the floods.

Sayed-Khaiyum says audit teams from the Ministry of Economy are undertaking random verification and spot audits for households and individuals

Sayed-Khaiyum says they are also providing a two week amnesty period for people to return the Homes CARE cards they have taken under false pretence.

As of yesterday, 23,896 households under Homes CARE have been  assisted at a cost of 29.17 million dollars.

30,697 farmers have also been assisted under the Farms CARE package at a total cost of 15.3 million dollars.

Responding to the Acting Prime Minister, SODELPA parliamentarian Salote Radrodro asked why such big handouts now and whether it is because the Fiji First government is realising a slippage in their voter support.

She also questioned where the money for this assistance is coming from.

NFP Leader in parliament Professor Biman Prasad said there could have been a much easier and better way of delivering and implementing the assistance

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