Vuniwaqa happy with Budget

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (right) with Minister for Local Government and Environment Parveen Kumar after the 2018/2019 National Budget Announcement yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa is very happy with the 2018-2019 National Budget.

While reacting to the announcement made by Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night, she said the paternity leave for fathers was especially an important aspect of the budget.

“I think it’s a recognition of the important role that men play in the family and when a mother is pregnant or is about to give birth,” she said.

“We know that the mother has always been the one to get that benefit but giving paternity is a huge statement by Government that men also play an important role.”

She said financial boosts given to the elderly, disabled persons and the rehabilitation of juveniles was also an important announcement for the ministry.

“There is a piece of land that is being set aside to construct a rehabilitation centre for juveniles which is encouraging because it allows us to help rehabilitate them. It is important to our ministry that we take care of our juveniles as they are the future of our society.

“I’m very happy about the announcement on the family care insurance policy which is a huge announcement for us because it gives another security to our social welfare insurance.

“There is a budget that has been set aside for the construction of old people’s homes which is very critical for us.

“At the moment 70 per cent of our population contains people under the age of 40. In two decades it will be the other way around so what this allocation means is that we are preparing our infrastructure for that increase.

“I am also very pleased with the disability allowance that will further empower our persons with disability.

“All in all it is a very progressive budget and one that I believe will benefit the vulnerable and underprivileged members of our community.”