HIGH­LIGHTS OF POLI­CIES IM­PLE­MENTED UN­DER THE LEAD­ER­SHIP OF VOREQE BAIN­I­MARAMA

Fiji Sun - - Vote 2018 -

■ Paid pa­ter­nity leave;

■ Re­viewed and made the Ter­tiary

Ed­u­ca­tion Loans Scheme bet­ter; ■ In­creased paid ma­ter­nity leave

from 84 days to 98 days;

■ Fully paid five days of fam­ily care

leave;

■ In­tro­duced min­i­mum wage rate for un­skilled work­ers;

■ Free bus rides for school stu­dents and in ru­ral ar­eas where buses don’t ser­vice the routes, RSL ve­hi­cles are paid by Govern­ment to take stu­dents to schools;

■ In­tro­duced free WiFi in strate­gic ar­eas around the coun­try;

■ Pro­vided food vouch­ers to preg­nant women in ru­ral ar­eas so they eat healthy and give birth to health ba­bies;

■ In­creased in­come tax thresh­old from $8600 to $30,000;

■ Free ed­u­ca­tion;

■ In­tro­duced dis­abil­ity al­lowance; ■ In­tro­duced schol­ar­ships for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity;

■ Pro­vided proper road­side shel­ters for ven­dors to sell their pro­duce;

■ In­tro­duced Young En­trepreneur­ship Scheme whereby peo­ple be­low the age of 30 can get up to $20,000 to start up in­no­va­tive busi­nesses which they have planned to re­view as an­nounced in their man­i­festo to in­crease age to 40 and in­crease grant to $30,000;

■ Pro­vided for equal dis­tri­bu­tion of lease money which to­day al­lows younger iTaukei landown­ers ac­cess to money up to mil­lions of dol­lars;

■ Have started taking a stock take of all schools around Fiji to al­low for its up­grade and main­te­nance;

■ Pro­vide $14mil­lion to iTaukei landown­ers to de­velop their land and lease it for bet­ter re­turns;

■ In­creased so­cial wel­fare from $30 to now $100 per month;

■ Moth­ers of new born ba­bies are pro­vided $1000 in two stages, $500 at birth and an­other $500 when their child starts school­ing;

■ In­tro­duced in­sur­ance for every so­cial wel­fare re­cip­i­ent, premium of which is paid by Govern­ment. At their death or in the event of a fire at their residence, money is paid out to them through the in­sur­ance scheme;

■ In­tro­duced a scheme whereby peo­ple’s visit to their doc­tors will be paid for by Govern­ment;

■ Re­duced VAT from 15 per cent to 9 per cent;

■ Launched Fiji’s Green Bonds on Lon­don’s Stock Ex­change;

■ $10,000 in­sur­ance to ap­prox­i­mately 107,000 civil ser­vants, so­cial wel­fare re­cip­i­ents and dis­ci­plinary force;

■ Hous­ing grant to first home buy­ers of up to $15,000;

■ $40 monthly bus fare vouch­ers to so­cial wel­fare re­cip­i­ent;

■ In­crease in FNPF con­tri­bu­tion from 8 per cent to 10 per cent which em­ploy­ers pay; and

■ In­tro­duced Dig­i­tal Tele­vi­sion – Walesi.

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