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Fighting poverty

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, January 19, 2013

THE fight against poverty is a cross-cutting issue that should be dealt with by all.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of a new multi-purpose hall for women in Savusavu, Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Jiko Luveni said it was the duty of all citizens to ensure such problems were controlled.

She said her ministry set in place a new policy to cover all family units around the country.

"We are on the road to visiting individual families and changing the idea of full support from our ministry to encourage them to become self-sufficient.

"Instead of encouraging people to be wholly dependent on the social welfare assistance scheme that we provide, we are encouraging families to be self-sufficient and involving them in projects or supporting the education of their young ones will ensure they have a sustainable source of income. Previously we were supporting 4 per cent of the population across the country but through this policy we are now supporting 10 per cent of the population and that is a good change."