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Homes CARE initiative hits more than $40m

May 28, 2018 5:46 am

The Homes CARE initiative has assisted close to forty thousand families since it was rolled out at the beginning of this month.

The program in particular targets those Fijians who were affected by Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni as well the significant flooding that was brought on by TDF13.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Dr. Josefa Koroivueta says the focus this week for their teams will be in Nadi with Tavua, Ra and Lautoka for follow-ups scheduled for next week.

“We have served over 34 thousand affected families in the, in Ra, in Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Sigatoka and Labasa and that’s to a tune of just a little over 40 million Fijian dollars.”

Meanwhile, on the issue of Amnesty for those Fijians who got assistance under the program and weren’t eligible, Dr. Koroivueta says they have yet to finalise the number of the E-Cards that have been returned.

He says at this stage, there are no discussions to extend the Amnesty period which ended yesterday after two weeks.

The PS has reiterated that those Fijians found breaching the conditions or the assistance could face fines of up to twenty thousand dollars or imprisonment up to ten years or both.

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