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State to subsidise fare

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, January 18, 2014

ABOUT 37,000 persons with disabilities will benefit from the government's bus fare subsidy.

Ministry of Social Welfare permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said 36,280 elderly Fijians who were 60 years and above, and 1331 persons living with disabilities, were beneficiaries of the bus fare subsidy.

"The Social Welfare Department processes all the applications for the bus fare subsidy," Dr Koroivueta said.

"Those applying for this assistance must provide two passport photos with their birth certificate and we will process the identification cards.

"For the elderly, they carry a yellow ID card and for the permanently disabled, they are given a red ID card.

Dr Koroivueta said the recently-established National Council for Older Persons was looking at programs that promote an inclusive and enabling society for senior citizens.

The council is headed by the ministry and had received a budgetary allocation of $200,000 to carry out its plans within the framework of Fiji's Ageing Policy (2011 to 2015).

In 2011, an agreement was signed between government and the Fiji Bus Operators Association allowing elderly persons 60 years and above to pay half the fare while persons living with disabilities are eligible to travel free.








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