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FNPF in $5m relief payout

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A TOTAL of 5641 families in the Western Division have so far been assisted by the Fiji National Provident Fund as a result of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Assistant general manager member services Alipate Waqairawai said the fund had so far paid out $5.1 million to affected members in the division.

He said FNPF hoped to complete processing the remaining 500 applications by the end of this week.

"We have paid out $5.1m to 5641 households under the cyclone assistance scheme," said Mr Waqairawai.

"We have a balance of close to 500 applications left to be processed and we are hoping to clear all these by the end of this month.

"The assistance scheme is to complement national agendas and we are working closely with the office of the Commissioner Western with the damage verification and assessment."

Mr Waqairawai has also warned members that fake reports would be lodged with police.

"Our process is designed to be fair and we will make sure that the system is not abused.

"Most members are trying their luck through the scheme and we will take action against those members who lodge false information."

Mr Waqairawai added the cyclone rehabilitation assistance scheme was expected to be fully completed by the end of next week.