“Government Role in Social Welfare Support Revealed”

The government alone cannot be expected to financially sustain social welfare recipients, according to Minister for Women, Children, and Social Protection, Lynda Tabuya. Speaking in Parliament, Ms. Tabuya addressed criticisms that current social welfare allowances are inadequate to support recipients amidst rising living costs.

“It is not the sole responsibility of government to financially sustain our social welfare recipients,” she emphasized.

In a passionate message delivered in iTaukei, she reiterated: “E sega ni tavi ni matanitu me qarava vakatabakidua vakailavo na qase, o ira e ra sega ni tu vinaka na tuvaki ni yagodra, kei na dravudravua.” (It is first and foremost the responsibility of the family).

She explained that while the government provides assistance, this is only to supplement the primary duty of care that lies with families. The support recognizes the contributions of senior citizens, children, and those who are physically and mentally impaired.

“For those who truly need more support and are abandoned by their families, assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis,” Ms. Tabuya added.

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