THE Fiji National Provident Fund will begin inspecting areas affected by Cycone Evan in the Western Division from today to allow members to lodge withdrawal applications for rehabilitation purposes.
In a statement, FNPF acting chief executive officer Alipate Waqairawai urged affected members who wish to apply for the Natural Disaster Partial Withdrawal Scheme (NDPWS) to make the necessary arrangements including time-off from work to meet the FNPF on-site teams.
"Our teams will be inspecting and accepting members' applications for assistance during these visits," Mr Waqairaiwai said.
"This is being done to ease transport and other associated costs for our members.
"It also allows our officers to verify, assess and advise members on-site.
"We would like to remind our members that applications for this assistance will be received during these visits and that we will not receive these at any of our branches or agencies." Mr Waqairawai said the FNPF would allow members to withdraw $1000 provided they have sufficient partial eligibility.
"Those members whose properties suffered major structural damage are encouraged to apply for the Housing Withdrawal Assistance," he said.
Five FNPF teams have been deployed to visit the Western Division including the Yasawas as these have been identified by the Commissioner Western as the worst affected areas.
Members applying for this assistance would need to complete FNPF Partial Withdrawal application forms to be witnessed by the Commissioner Western or delegated officers; provide correct residential address for on-site inspection by FNPF officers and provide current personal bank account statement (one month validity).
The teams will be in Lautoka for a week.
The FNPF board reactivated the assitance scheme last week. The approval includes wavering of the $10 processing fee and opening the withdrawal to members under 30 years.