Fiji Sun : 2020-07-17

NATION : 6 : 6

NATION

6 NATION FIJI SUN | FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ | | PAGE MINISTER CLARIFIES HOUSING LOT SAGA Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Developmen­t Premila Kumar clarified that household income exceeding $50,000 for those applying for a Housing Authority lot, needs ministeria­l approval. To be eligible for lots and assistance, the household income should be less than $50,000. An initial investigat­ion by the Housing Authority of Fiji said applicants had falsified informatio­n about their incomes and assets. Ten names of such applicants have popped up. With investigat­ions now being handled by the Office of the Auditor-General, this list could be longer. The Housing Authority of Fiji chair, Lorraine Seeto, announced on Wednesday that the Office of the Auditor-General would carry out a Special Purpose Audit on lot allocation for the past 10 years, and report its findings to the Board of Directors. SHALVEEN CHAND Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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