Fiji Time: 4:35 AM on Monday 20 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

FijiFirst: Provision for free water a reality

Ivamere Nataro
Sunday, August 03, 2014

A POLITICAL party has pledged to provide free water to Fijians.

FijiFirst president and Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni said Fiji's Constitution stated the right of people to a fair distribution of water and access to quality drinking water.

"Because FijiFirst upholds the Constitution, the provision of free water will be on the agenda of the FijiFirst party," said Dr Luveni, who is also the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

Dr Luveni said a question on the issue was raised in one of their party meetings.

She said their response was that free water would be provided to people who paid water bills once the country's economy was boosted to a steady level in the next few years.

People's Democratic Party general secretary Aman Singh said PDP's manifesto highlighted the provision of free water but to the chunk of the population who lived below the poverty line.

"How do we determine who lives below the poverty line, those who will qualify by the way of the means test? And if you look at the means test, here it is those who earn less than $300 a month," he said.

Mr Singh said the delivery of free water was realistic if only the country's finance was managed well and there was no unnecessary spending of money.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64200.6230
JPY 56.179253.1792
GBP 0.39150.3835
EUR 0.45960.4476
NZD 0.68640.6534
AUD 0.64160.6166
USD 0.49280.4758

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Commemorative service inappropriate
  2. Health ministry workshops heart diseases

Top Stories this Week

  1. Villagers burn objects used for 'witchcraft' at village cleansing Saturday (18 Feb)
  2. Man dies in custody Saturday (18 Feb)
  3. "I just love him" Tuesday (14 Feb)
  4. Life in prison Thursday (16 Feb)
  5. Four new finds Tuesday (14 Feb)
  6. A lifetime try as Jasa weds sweetheart Saturday (18 Feb)
  7. Mum dies from burns Tuesday (14 Feb)
  8. A canecutter to a restaurateur Tuesday (14 Feb)
  9. No more sleeping in car Saturday (18 Feb)
  10. Acid leak at lami Thursday (16 Feb)