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Senior citizens treated to gifts and dinner

December 13, 2014 7:13 pm

80 senior citizens of Tebara Ex-Servicemen Association in Nausori were hosted to gifts and dinner by the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation yesterday.

This is the first time for these seniors from Tailevu, Rewa and Naitasiri province to share the Christmas delights together.

Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta says this is the Ministry’s way to remember Fiji’s senior citizens are not forgotten at this time of celebrations.

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Dr Koroivueta says the government recognizes senior citizens contributions to building Fiji to what it is today and as such, from next year the eligibility age for Social Pension Scheme will be 70 years and above and including those within 68 to 69 years of age.

More than 33,000 senior citizens are expected to benefit from this scheme next year.

The Senior citizens were also reminded that $150,000 has been budgeted for the Bus fare concession for seniors that are 60 years and above in Fiji.

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