Fiji Labour Occasion (FLP) chief Mahendra Chaudhry says a Labour authorities will enhance the social welfare meals voucher for senior residents from the present $50 and $100 to $200 per particular person in the event that they win the 2022 Basic Election.
He made that promise whereas responding to questions raised by residents of Muanikoso Village on Monday night time.
A resident who spoke on the situation of anonymity requested Mr Chaudhry if his authorities would enhance social welfare advantages for the individuals.
“Relating to the $50 meals voucher which senior residents get, will you increase it,” she requested.
“As a result of $50 whenever you take the groceries to the cashier just isn’t sufficient for a month.”
The FLP chief claimed they’d increase the allowance to $200.
“We are going to exchange the meals voucher and provide you with $200,” Mr Chaudhry mentioned.
Market vendor Elma Wati mentioned if the allowance was elevated she wouldn’t should journey to the market to earn additional revenue.
“I recognize the federal government for what they provide now however meals costs are so costly and a rise could be useful,” the 70-year-old mentioned.
She additionally mentioned the $75 bus fare allowance for 3 months didn’t go far given the elevated bus fares.
One other market vendor, Deo Sharan, 74, echoed comparable sentiments, saying a rise in month-to-month allowance could be appreciated.
Mr Chaudhry advised the Muanikoso residents that social welfare funds wouldn’t be wanted if there was financial progress which led to higher socio-economic requirements.
“However all these we received’t want if there are sufficient jobs for our individuals.”
“If we develop the financial system and create jobs, many individuals received’t want welfare as a result of they have full time jobs. We need to take away the basis reason for poverty.”