LAUTOKA advisory councillors are allegedly being subjected to verbal abuse and threats from agitated residents who do not receive assistance from non-governmental organisations.
Advisory council chairman Faiaz Ali said it was unfortunate that the councillors were being subjected to such treatment.
"Our concern is how some NGOs come to provide assistance and they make their assessments without consulting us or the district officer," he said.
"These advisory councillors were elected in May of this year and they have made their own assessments on the families that still need assistance.
"But what happens is that instead of consulting with us, these NGOs go straight to these areas and give out food vouchers to people who are not in urgent need.
"We've found that people that are well-off and do not need this assistance are getting help, leaving those who really need it left to fend for themselves."
Mr Ali said it was the disgruntled residents who had to endure a long wait for assistance and had started blaming advisory councillors.
"We have about 15 advisory councillors altogether and most of them are facing this kind of thing."
However, he maintained that many appreciated the help provided to their residents.
"We really do welcome the help that they provide to our residents but our advice to them is for them to come to us or go to the DO's office and liaise with us in the distribution of these rations.
"This is the only way we can ensure that the right people are getting this much needed help."
When contacted, Lautoka district officer Ruth Atu did not want to make a comment on the issue.