FIJI OPPOSITION ANNOUNCES PLANS TO HELP POOR

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SUVA, Fiji (January 27, 1998 PACNEWS/Map)---Fiji’s leading opposition party, the National Federation Party, has drafted a plan that it says the Rabuka government could use to help disadvantaged people recover from last week's 20 per cent devaluation of the Fiji dollar, The Daily Post reports

The plan, announced by opposition leader Jai Ram Reddy, recommends, among other things, the scrapping of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on basic food items, reducing bus fares, lowering of import tariffs, increasing the poverty alleviation fund, and providing education allowances.

Reddy’s National Federation Party discussed the proposal during a parliamentary caucus on Monday. Party officials plan to submit the plan to the government formally at the next Cabinet meeting.

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