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MP raised his concerns over financial assistance to victims of TC Gita

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,14/06/2018

Tongatapu 3 MP Siasosi Sovaleni raised his concerns over the government cheques distribution program to families whose homes were affected from Cyclone Gita.

Siaosi Sovaleni says some people whose homes were affected from the cyclone, their names are not on the list for the cheques distribution.

He says it was widely known that the list at National Emergency Management Office NEMO was totally different from the list at the Statistic Department.

Meanwhile, the Hon Minister of Finance Pohiva Tu’I’onetoa clarifies how this financial assistance works.

He adds, works are underway to collect names of those who were not on the list and to include them.

The Minister says in a week or two they will be able to solve the problem.

He says some names are still processing because they need to confirm the home owners among other paper works.

The financial assistance allocated for the cheques distribution is $4.8 million.

Houses that were completely destroyed will receive $3000 pa’anga, houses with major damaged will be receiving $1500 pa’anga and houses with minor and minimal damaged will receive $500 pa’anga.

Meanwhile, the deliberation continues to the Budget Estimates 2018-2019.

After the first reading of the Budget Bill in Parliament, an MP requested for the matter to be deferred to the Whole House Committee.

The discussions at the Whole House Committee were mainly focused on the Budget Estimates.

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