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CARE program amnesty to end Sunday

May 22, 2018 6:59 pm

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says a two week amnesty period has been rolled out targeting those Fijians who weren’t eligible and received assistance under the Homes CARE initiative.

Sayed-Khaiyum says in some instances, more than one person from the same househould applied and received E-Cards under the CARE program which they were’nt supposed too.

“We’ve discovered that there are some people that come from the same household and they’ve applied for the Homes CARE program and obviously that is incorrect to do that and your not supposed to do that. We have one card per household and what we’ve said is that we’d give people at least two weeks amnesty to ensure that they return the cards. If they had done, where we had situations where a couple of people from the same household taking out cards and also again there may be some people who may not have been eligible for it in the first place.”

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The Minister says fraudulent behavior will not be tolerated.

Meanwhile the Consumer Council of Fiji’s CEO Premila Kumar has also weighed in on the issue.

“By claiming as a victim of cyclone or flooding etcetera then the real victims of cyclones they will not be able to get you know the money they need.”

The amnesty period ends this Sunday and those found in breach of the CARE program’s eligibility can expect legal action and fines of up to twenty thousand dollars.

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