Sabha Fiji Gives $20K to PM’s Re­lief Fund

And na­tional pres­i­dent con­grat­u­lates Bain­i­marama on the 2016/2017 Budget.

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­

The Shree Sanatan Dharm Pra­tinidhi Sabha Fiji and its over­seas chap­ter do­nated $20,000 to the PM’s Na­tional Disaster Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fund in Si­ga­toka on Fri­day. The fund was a joint con­tri­bu­tion by the Sabha Fiji in­clud­ing var­i­ous over­seas-based Sabha such as Manukau Sanatan (NZ). Na­tional pres­i­dent Sarju Prasad handed over the cheque dur­ing the open­ing of 57th An­nual Con­ven­tion at Cuvu Col­lege. Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama on be­half of the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment thanked the Shree Sanatan Dharm Sabha for their sup­port. “On be­half of the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment and the Fi­jian peo­ple I thank the Sabha for the won­der­ful sup­port you pro­vided in cash and in kind to as­sist your fel­low cit­i­zens in the wake of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston,” he said. Mr Prasad said, “My or­gan­i­sa­tion will hand you a cheque as our con­tri­bu­tion to the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­lief fund, it will not only as­sist the vic­tims of TC Win­ston but also all Fi­jians to­wards the path­way of na­tion build­ing.

“Sanatan Fiji strongly sup­ports Gov­ern­ments’ ini­tia­tive in pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion.” He said the Sanatan Dharm had come a long way since its in­cep­tion in 1958. “On the na­tional scene, we have de­vel­oped for­mal re­la­tion­ship with other re­li­gious groups, NGOs and Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions. We man­age 117 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, 85 tem­ples and thou­sands of Ra­mayan Man­dalis, mahila man­dals and youth groups.” Mr Prasad also re­vealed that the Sanatan Fiji had taken over the ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment of the Vatuwaqa Ceme­tery from the Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice.

“I prom­ise to im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties and the ser­vice im­me­di­ately here­after and in­stall a mod­ern cre­ma­to­rium and build a Shardh Ghat in Nas­ese in the near fu­ture. I thank the Bain­i­marama Gov­ern­ment for al­lo­cat­ing funds for this project. Fur­ther­more, the theme for the con­ven­tion was ‘Sanatan-Pro­mot­ing Unity in Di­ver­sity’ that had at­tracted many in­clud­ing over­seas. Mr Prasad also con­grat­u­lated the Prime Min­is­ter on the 2016/2017 Na­tional Budget. “The mem­bers of Sanatan Fiji and all Fi­jians, at large, con­grat­u­late you and ex­press their heart­felt grat­i­tude to your Gov­ern­ment for an ex­cel­lent 2016/2017 Budget,” he said. Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

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