Family voices disappointment

Sanjila Devi, 34, with her son Kartik Prakash, 6, cook at their home in Wailea settlement in Vatuwaqa. Picture: ATU RASEA

A family living in Wailea squatter settlement in Vatuwaqa, Suva, is disappointed with the 2020-2021 National Budget.

Sanjila Devi, 34, claims the budget would create more problems for families, especially with the drop in liquor prices.

“Domestic problems will increase as there will be more spending on liquor instead of food,” said Mrs Devi.

“Instead of liquor, I was expecting the food prices to decrease. I am not happy with the budget as there is nothing for the poor people like us.

“If the prices of basic food items such as flour, rice, oil, dhal had reduced, it would have been a great help to the needy and poor people of this country.”

Mrs Devi said most of the items for which prices had been reduced were not used by poor and needy people. Another family member, Anand Prakash, 38, shared similar sentiments.

“Casual labourers like me won’t benefit from this budget,” he said.

“Most poor people like us were expecting the prices of the food items to go down.”

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