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About 54,000 So­cial Wel­fare re­cip­i­ents have been paid their al­lowance since Wed­nes­day.

Di­rec­tor So­cial Wel­fare Ru­peni Fa­ti­aki said the pay­ments were dis­bursed on time.

He said about 10,000 re­cip­i­ents were yet to re­ceive their al­lowance be­cause they had not re­cer­ti­fied. “Those who did not re­ceive their al­lowance should visit the near­est so­cial wel­fare of­fice to fill in the re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion form and ac­ti­vate their al­lowance,” Mr Fa­ti­aki said. “A grace pe­riod has been given un­til Oc­to­ber. Come Novem­ber pay­ments will close. If they go and check and there is no funds in their ac­counts then they need to go to the so­cial wel­fare of­fice to check be­cause most prob­a­bly they have not re­cer­ti­fied,” Mr Fa­ti­aki said.

He said his team had ex­hausted all com­mu­nity out­reach av­enues and had done so ex­ten­sively from Jan­uary to July.

“We used all the me­dia, Turaga ni Koro, ad­vi­sory coun­cils and the Bose ni Yasana’s but sur­pris­ingly the ones that are rush­ing to our of­fices now are the ones around the town ar­eas.” He said their big­gest worry were re­cip­i­ents in the mar­itime and ru­ral ar­eas, how­ever more than 90 per cent of them have re­cer­ti­fied. “They were the ones that we thought were going to be a chal­lenge but these are the ones who have sent their forms in. It’s the ones in the town ar­eas that’s tak­ing their time so when we started hold­ing the funds they started run­ning and they said they didn’t hear about it in the me­dia.”

Mr Fa­ti­aki said the fi­nal list of re­cip­i­ents will be com­piled once the min­istry com­pletes the whole re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process in Oc­to­ber. “Out of the to­tal num­ber of 75,712 re­cip­i­ents come the end of Oc­to­ber then we will know who has not re­cer­ti­fied and who has,” he said by



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