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The Fiji Na­tional Prov­i­dent Fund cleared an ad­di­tional $ 35mil­lion for 26,224 Cy­clone Win­ston in nat­u­ral dis­as­ter ap­pli­ca­tions dur­ing the Easter long week­end. The to­tal paid out to mem­bers as of 1pm yes­ter­day was $135.6m. FNPF chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Jaoji Koroi has reaf­firmed the fund’s com­mit­ment to mem­bers that all duly-com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions will be pro­cessed and paid out by April 4, 2016. “All our re­sources have been di­verted to this ex­er­cise to meet this dead­line. Again, our staff will work long hours this week and also work this week­end to process ap­pli­ca­tions from mem­bers,” he said. Mr Koroi said that only queried ap­pli­ca­tions will be han­dled af­ter the dead­line. “The big­gest chal­lenge with re­gard to queried ap­pli­ca­tions are the in­com­plete forms. So, we have a ded­i­cated team deal­ing with these ap­pli­ca­tions, and our staff are con­tact­ing these mem­bers to have them com­plete the statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion forms.” He con­firmed that over­seas­based mem­bers, will be val­i­dated this week. About 300 ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived from these mem­bers.

“Our staff will be vet­ting and val­i­dat­ing these mem­bers in the next few days via Skype and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels. “We would also like to thank our mem­bers for their pa­tience in the past few weeks. For those, who have yet to be paid, we plead for your un­der­stand­ing and pa­tience once again,” Mr Koroi said.

146,000 ap­pli­ca­tions on the fi­nal day of sub­mis­sions on March 18.

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