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Govt is ignoring the iTaukei, says Gavoka


Sep 14, 2021 05:42:21 PM

Govt is ignoring the iTaukei, says Gavoka Social Democratic Liberal Party Leader Viliame Gavoka claims the Government has been ignoring the iTaukei people for the last fifteen years.

Gavoka said this is evident in the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey which has found 76 per cent  iTaukei to be below the poverty line.

He said the number of iTaukei falling in poverty may have increased during this pandemic as the survey period did not cover the second wave of the virus.

“The 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey has shocked us to our core. On ethnic basis, 76 per cent of the poor are iTaukeis,” he said.

“This was in 2019 and 2020; one can imagine what it is like in 2021 with the pandemic. We have always decried the poverty of the iTaukei, calling it as the elephant in the room.

“It looms large and cannot be ignored, but that is exactly what the Fiji First government has been doing ignoring it and one wonders about the Bainimarama boom.

“This is very serious and we will insist that poverty of the iTaukei is central to the discussions in Fiji. We will dissect this report and come to grips with the full extent of poverty in our midst.

“We will chart out our policies on the way forward to combat poverty,” he said.

He acknowledged the Fiji Bureau of Statistics for factoring ethnicity in the report and giving the public a true picture of what it’s like in terms of poverty.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka










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