A TEAM from the Lands and Mineral Resources Department is conducting public meetings in the Western Division because of the increasing number of complaints lodged against services provided by the department.
Director of Lands Mosese Tagicakibau said the complaints were made to the office of the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and the Commissioner Western.
"These prompted the one on one conference," he said.
"We are here at the directive of the PM, for us to have this meetings.
"As you see, within one and a half years we have changed the west divisional surveyor three times, and that is not a good sign.
"This is also another reason we are touring the west."
The team was in Sigatoka on Monday and was surprised at the number of people who came in to air their grievances.
"It is good for our service delivery and also good for the tenants as they don't have to travel all the way to Lautoka and Suva," Mr Tagicakibau said.
He said through the consultations they heard of many issues that needed to be addressed.
"We also found out through this consultation that many people staying on State leases are not our tenants but they have been brought in by our tenants to stay there.
"So we have advised these people accordingly on what to do.
"We have also met many tenants coming out to renew their leases when we have been advising them that we will only renew leases if tenants don't breach their lease conditions.
"Some of these complaints that are reported to the minister are lies like people are saying we are not renewing their leases when in actual fact most of these tenants are breaching their lease agreements.
"So we urge the public to report the facts."