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Saturday, September 06, 2014
LOW income earning families stand to benefit the most should the FijiFirst party form government.
Prime Minister and leader of FijiFirst Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama announced the party’s manifesto in Nadi yesterday with a promise to reduce the impact of inflation and the rising cost of living on low income earners and their dependents.
Some of the significant promises made are an increase in the electricity subsidy for low-income families from 75 kilowatts per hour to 85kwh and the provision of 91,250 litres of water free of charge per year to Fijian households with a total annual income of up to $30,000.
The party also promises that all Year 1 primary school children will be given 250ml of milk free of charge beginning from Term 1, 2015, at an estimated cost of $2.5million.
The party also promises to continue to control the price of basic food items such as rice, flour, potatoes, dhal, cooking oil and pharmaceutical and medical products.
Zero VAT will continue on powdered milk, rice, edible oil, tinned fish, flour, sharps and medicines.
Social security for pensioners who have never been a member of FNPF will continue and the age limit for those eligible will be lowered to 68 from July 1 2015 and then to 66 years from July 1 2016.
An allocation of $8m will be set aside to provide free medicines prescribed by doctors for all Fijians who earn less than $20,000 per annum and this will include medicines for NCDs.
FijiFirst also says it will take control of the import of all fossil fuel, such as petroleum and gas, in place of the existing private companies.
The party said international tenders would be called for the supply of fuel and existing fuel merchants will then purchase fuel from the government.
FijiFirst said apart from being able to negotiate lower prices in the international marketplace, the government would generate revenue from the sale of fuel and be able to pass on the benefits of lower prices to consumers.
The government’s Tertiary Education Loan Scheme will be extended to those with diplomas or who are in the workforce and want to gain formal qualifications.