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Plans to slash utility bills

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A PROPOSED political party says it will reduce electricity and water charges if it contests the general election and becomes part of the next government.

The proposed National Youth Party says it also wants church buildings in cities and towns exempted from paying city and town rates.

Its interim president/leader Nayagodamu Korovou said the proposed party wanted to decrease the city and town rates for residential customers if it was a part of the new government.

Mr Korovou said the proposed party would register on May 19 to contest the general election in September.

On its stand on the environment, he said the proposed NYP would and could reduce gas emission by 30 per cent in its first year in office.

"We feel the need to continue to protect our environment for the future generations," he said.

Mr Korovou said the proposed NYP would create a separate ministry to look after the welfare of peacekeepers on overseas deployment and their families in Fiji.

Also, he said: "Religion is always an issue when it comes to politics but we believe and know that religious groups can be and should be supported by the government.

"The proposed NYP will introduce a religion ministry which will have a minister and budget allocated for each religious group.

"We want to see that each religious group can apply for a grant of $10 per head of their total membership.

"For example, if the Methodist Church has 350,000 members, then they are entitled to a grant of $3.5 million per year to apply for," said Mr Korovou.

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