Ineligible CARE applicants granted amnesty

Thousands of Nadi residents waiting outside of Prince Charles Park yesterday for their chance to apply for the HOMES-CARE assistance. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THOSE Fijians who were not affected by TC Josie or STC Keni but had already applied and received assistance under the CARE for Fiji programs will be granted amnesty until May 27, 2018.

This was confirmed in a government statement issued today that said that those Fijians were to return their electronic cards, or any other form of assistance received, to government officials.

“The amnesty period applies for all ineligible recipients under Farms-CARE, Homes-CARE, eTransport-CARE, Leaseholders-CARE and Sugarcane-CARE.

“During this amnesty period, electronic cards that have already been spent by an ineligible recipient must also be repaid in full,” the statement said.

“Abuse of CARE for Fiji Programmes can include, but is not limited to, misrepresentation on application forms, members of the same household attempting to separately register for the same assistance program, the re-selling of assistance materials, or the spending of electronic cards at unauthorised vendors.

“Electronic cards granted through Farms-CARE can be returned to any agriculture office in the country. All other CARE for Fiji electronic cards, or other forms of assistance, can be returned or refunded at any Social Welfare office in the country.”

All questions regarding the return of electronic cards can be directed to the CARE hotline 2273.