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Government reforms for next four years

08:10 Today

Report by: Ritika Pratap

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says the government will build on the reforms of the past eight years to continue improving the lives of Fijians. Many of the government’s initiatives are designed to alleviate poverty, to provide a leg-up for Fijians. In an effort to unlock further potential for i-taukei landowners to generate wealth for their land, the government will set aside ten million dollars to help i-taukei use their land for subdivision and development. The Funding will be made available as grants. The government will also ensure that the Itaukei Land Trust Board performs at the highest level and reforms at TLTB will continue. Land Owning Units will now not have to pay application fees when leasing their own land. The President also says the government intends to reduce cost of living pressures. National Minimum wage will be revised upwards in line with the recommendation of the Reddy report to a new rate of $2.32 an hour from 1 July 2015. Electricity subsidy for low income earners will increase from 75 kilowatts to 85 kilowatts per hour. Free water for Fijian households earning less than a total income of thirty thousand dollars will be provided. “Free education will now be available one year before admission to primary school at recognised and accredited pre-schools.” Social security system for non FNPF members will continue and eligibility rate will be lowered to 68 from 1st July 2015 and further lowered to 66 in July 2016. Fijians earning less than twenty-thousand dollars will get all prescribed medicine for non-communicable disease currently under price control free. Essential drugs will remain under price control. Other reforms include – Government will now take control of the import of all fossil fuels. International tenders will be called for the supply of fuel and existing companies will then buy that fuel from the government. All state land on which squatters have been living will be subdivided and squatters will be given 99 years leases. Negotiations will also be i-taukei landowners to give 99-year residential leases to squatters. One million dollars will also be set aside to provide emergency assistance to Fijians earning below 20, 000 dollars, who have proper leases, but no insurance and have lost their homes in fire. The Government will double the amount payable under workmen’s compensation for death and injury claims. The President says all these measures are designed to assist Fijians, create economic growth and reduce gap between the more fortunate and the less fortunate among us.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/23543/government-reforms-for-next-four-years#sthash.B4HOxMYM.dpuf

11 thoughts on “Government reforms for next four years

  1. I read with interest issues on Mahogany in Fijileaks and as an iTaukei would like to request either the Govt. of the day or the Opposition to please:
    a) Identify why FICAC has not been instructed to conduct an investigation into this. Scope of investigation to be agreed to by Opposition but limited to mahogany issues only.
    b) Identify what the TLTB has been doing all this time and not fighting for the interests on the land owners.

    We need this issue ironed out once and for all as we move our country forward as iTaukei interests are also important to be addressed in this mahogany issue.

  2. Nailatikau! plz. the i taukei issues about what’s already on their land and what the government of the day is doing hidding the truth.

  3. Come on Pressie, you should do better than this! Giving handouts to peasants and calling it reform is just taking deception to another level! You know very well that money does not grow on trees. The salary that you earn does not grow on trees. You should at least have the decency of explaining how all these handouts will be funded and who will bear the cost. Fiji is already loaded with sewing machines and garbage bins. Do the people need more of that kind of handout mentality to get out of poverty? The real thing that will get them out of poverty is facing up to them and explaining how these handouts will be paid and who will pay! Its one thing improving the livelihood of a community through self-sustainable and self-reliant initiatives but another thing is giving them handouts and dominating their lives over their lifetime. The later is what your government is all about! Front up and tell the people how all these handouts will be funded instead of just showering the newspapers with goodies as smokescreen over what is really cooking behind the scene. The nation is still waiting for the long overdue auditors report. People want to know where the money is coming from and how much has the Baikhai regime stolen over the past years as a start.

  4. Dels domica mada na sona nei nailatikau,whilst you at it, tell him to fit your boci with one of his aid’s condom’s his promoting.😝

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