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VAT reduction promise

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, May 02, 2014

THE proposed National Youth Party says it will reduce the cost of living by half if it wins seats in the general election and is a part of the new government.

"We know that a lot of Fijian families are living on tuna, rice, dhal and eggs," said its interim president/leader Nayagodamu Korovou.

"Some families are forced to have only two meals a day. We feel for them and this is why we will make sure that we reduce the cost of living by 50 per cent.

"This will be done by removing VAT, which is 15 per cent, from all basic food items."

Mr Korovou said the proposed association wanted respect for the nation and women taught in all schools in the country.

"For example, all classrooms will be required to have a Fiji flag posted on the wall of their classrooms.

"And any form of abuse towards females will not be tolerated in any school. More free counselling centres will also be set up."

He said they wanted to have gender balance in their proposed movement and as such, they would have 50 per cent male and 50 per cent female candidates.

Mr Korovou said political parties used youth votes in the past to win the election, after which they neglected the youths.

He said this was reflected in the amount of money allocated for youths in the budget in past years.

"Also, our proposed party will have an adult wing or the parents wing and this will be totally different from the structure of how political parties are formed in this country.

"We also believe that students whose parents earn less than $16,500 a year to have free scholarship at tertiary level and when they finish with their degree, the government should provide a job for them.

"We know that it can be done and we will push for this to be done."

Mr Korovou said the proposed association, which may have a name change, would increase employment by creating 6000 jobs in the first three months in government.

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