Thousands Of Seniors Enrolled In Fiji Social Pension Scheme

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Seniors benefiting from $1.7 million allocated to program

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 5, 2013) – A total of 5,738 senior citizens currently benefit from Fiji’s new Social Pension Scheme.

Ministry of Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Dr. Josefa Koroivueta said senior citizens in the maritime areas namely Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Rotuma have also been assisted with the monthly Social Pension Scheme.

"This is primarily done to ensure that there is an even distribution of the social pension scheme amongst the senior citizens in the urban areas and those in the rural and maritime areas," he said.

So far, a total of 177 senior citizens have been assisted in the maritime areas.

Koroivueta said to qualify for the benefit a person must be 70 years and above and is not a recipient of superannuation like Fiji National Provident Fund, government pension, after care fund and is not receiving social welfare assistance through Poverty Benefit Scheme or Care and Protection Program.

"Those senior citizens who are eligible and are applying for the social pension scheme should submit their applications with their birth certificates and also provide their bank account numbers so that when applications are approved payments can be done immediately," he said.

Application forms are available from divisional and district welfare offices and forms need to be certified by civil servant or community leader and submitted with two passport photos.

A total of FJ$3.24 million [US$1.7 million] was allocated in this year’s budget for the Social Pension Scheme.

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