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More bus fare IDs

Torika Tokalau
Friday, November 30, 2012

MORE than 30,000 identification cards have been distributed since March 2011 to individuals with disabilities and the elderly, by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

This is part of the ministry's bus fare assistance scheme for the two groups of people. Ministry permanent secretary Govind Sami said the scheme was beneficial to recipients and commended government for its $11million allocation in the 2013 budget.

Those with disabilities are given red IDs and this entitles them to travel for free on the bus while the elderly over 60 get yellow ones and are entitled to a 50 per cent discount.

"Both groups can also get a 20 per cent discount on fares for the first 20 kilometres of their journey if they travel in taxis," Mr Sami said.

He added the allocation in next year's budget would help them distribute more IDs to those who were yet to receive the cards.





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