COVID-19: FNPF assistance extends to Suva lockdown zone

FNPF chief executive offi cer Jaoji Koroi during a recent press conference in Suva. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

Members of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) working within the perimeters of the Suva lockdown area, and those whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, now qualify to apply for assistance.

This means the same arrangement implemented for the Lautoka COVID-19 lockdown zone now applied to FNPF working members in the Suva-Nausori corridor.

In a statement issued tonight, FNPF chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi said the administration of the assistance for the new confined area would be no different from what was in progress.

“… That is, the Fund will be working closely, with the employers through digital platforms,” Mr Koroi said.

“For Suva lockdown area, the member must be affected through reduced working hours, reduced wage rate/salary, been sent on leave without pay or terminated or permanently laid-off. They can apply for a maximum of $500”, Mr Koroi said

“If the member does not have sufficient General account balance, the Fijian Government will top up to the maximum assistance amount. The member must also already have a positive General Account balance.”

The FNPF will publicise the list of companies for these identified areas from early next week.

And forms will be uploaded on the Fund’s website and also made available at the Fiji Post Office and District Offices.

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