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August 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Fiji's ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation today reiterated that government’s social welfare assistance is targeted towards assisting those in the ‘poorest of the poor category’ with no income support.

Permanent secretary Govind Sami said the two major programs administered as social welfare assistance include the Family Assistance Program (FAP) and the Care and Protection Program (C&P).

The FAP provides monthly cash allowance of $60 to $100 to family or households with no income support and the eligibility categories are for those who are chronically ill, elderly (over 65years) and permanently disabled without any income support.

The C&P is a monthly allowance of grant of $25.00 to $60.00 provided to single mothers, deserted spouses, death of bread winner or prisoner dependents without any income support.

“These allowances are paid in respect of children in the families to ensure their educational and wellbeing are not compromised. This is again a temporary allowance and it is paid till the time child reaches 18 years of age or leaves school. It is mandatory for the families to provide proof that the child is still in school,” Sami said in a statement.

He said while the ministry provides various welfare assistances, it doesn’t want the dependency syndrome developing.

"The current welfare programs are designed in a way so that recipients are able to look at other alterative incomes or begin income generating projects."

"The review exercise of all social welfare files is continuing in all the divisions and is important to ensure that only those who qualify deserve to be assisted."

 “The review exercise is ongoing. It’s part of the process and will be factored in the Ministry’s Standard Operating Procedures. Those recipients whose cases have been disqualified can write to the Appeals Panel for clarification on their cases,” he concluded.

By Reginald Chandar

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