Fiji Provident Fund Reactivates Disaster Withdrawals

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Applications will be verified by on-site inspection teams

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 27, 2012) – Fiji’s National Provident Fund (FNPF) has reactivated their Natural Disaster Partial Withdrawal assistance for Cyclone Evan-affected members who are entitled to withdraw up to FJ$1,000 [US$564].

Members must have partial withdrawal eligibility and must reside in affected areas as defined by DISMAC to qualify for this assistance. The fund has also waved the FJ$10 [US$5.64] processing fee, which CEO Alipate Waqairawai says is based on humanitarian grounds to provide some relief to affected members.

Waqairawai said they will liaise closely with government officials to determine those who will be assisted.

The Fund will be deploying on-site teams to the worst affected areas from 2 January 2013.

He said all applications received will be verified by their inspection teams on-site to ease transport and other associated costs for members.

Those applying for assistance will have to complete an FNPF Partial application forms to be witnessed by Commissioner Western or delegated officers, provide correct residential address for on-site inspection by FNPF officers and provide current personal bank account statement.

FNPF warns members they will not tolerate anyone attempting to take advantage of the situation saying all applications received by members will be checked to determine the validity of their claims.

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