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Proposed rehab facility to reduce social issues

By Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, February 28, 2014

THE Social Welfare Ministry is concerned by the use of children and disabled persons to collect money from the public.

As a result, the ministry has embarked on a major plan to build Fiji's first rehabilitation facility for street beggars who are homeless and mentally-challenged.

Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said a taskforce comprising the ministry, the police and NGOs would discuss the issue next Friday.

The taskforce, which was formed last June, had carried out a profiling exercise and gathered information on the family background of 40 beggars in Suva.

Dr Luveni said the evidence analysis had enabled the taskforce to look at ways of addressing the street beggar issue.

"The taskforce gathered information on each of the beggars in Suva and discovered ... who are mentally-challenged and neglected by their families," she said.

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