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What the politicians say on Ra

Shayal Devi
Saturday, June 28, 2014

AMAN RAVINDRA SINGH

People's Democratic Party

THE government is not doing anyone a favour.

It is the role and duty of any government of the day to develop roads and infrastructure to better the lives of its citizens.

Roads and other forms of assistance provided to the people of Ra is the duty of the government of the day.

Remember there is a very thin line between official government business and vote buying in this election year!

PDP will unveil its plans for people in the rural regions at the launching of our manifesto on July 12, 2014.

BIMAN PRASAD

National Federation Party

THE NFP believes rural development including roads, water supply and electricity should be normal facilities that should be available to everyone.

The NFP in government will develop a short, medium and long-term infrastructure policy which will address immediate issues of concern to our people such as roads, water supply and electricity.

In the medium to long-term, NFP will ensure we further develop economic infrastructure such as ports, airports, shipping services to support economic opportunities for our rural, maritime and regional communities.

We will also develop comprehensive public health program for our rural communities which has deteriorated in the last seven years.

MAHENDRA CHAUDHRY

Fiji Labour Party

FIRST, people of Fiji shouldremember that Voreqe Bainimarama has only started visiting villages in the past eight months or so after he announced his decision to stand for the 2014 election.

As for Ra, one of its most glaring problems recently has been the frequent flooding in the town area.

This is clearly attributable to the huge commercial development allowed at one end of the town which has interfered with the natural drainage of the area.

The other problem is that Ra was declared a town without the town's facilities being developed.

The ratepayers are now forced to shoulder the burden of developing proper amenities for the town.

ROSHIKA DEO

Independent candidate Be the Change leader

EQUITABLE resource allocation and development, including providing access to safe and accessible road conditions, should be a priority for interior areas like Ra.

Communities in Ra's interior have bad road conditions which limit their access to basic services such as school, health care, shops and market for their produce and goods.

It exposes them to medical risks, such as pregnant women not being able to reach hospital on time. These impose a further financial and emotional burden on people who are already living in poverty and marginalised.

It is important the interior communities are mobilised, people given opportunities to share their difficulties and give solutions, as they are better placed in their realities.


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