The #FijianGovernment will soon engage public views on the proposed informal settlement lot allocation policy developed by the Ministry of Housing and Community Development.

The #FijianGovernment will soon engage public views on the proposed informal settlement lot allocation policy developed by the Ministry of Housing and Community Development.

Minister Premila Kumar said it is crucial to establish a fairer system to assist those who are in the lower income bracket.

“The Public Consultation will commence from 26 November and this will be held in the Central, Western and Northern divisions respectively. The draft policy is available on the Ministry website – www.housing.gov.fj and members of the public can also provide online feedback by just clicking the icon for Feedback on the Home Page on the website.

The Minister added that the draft policy has been discussed at Cabinet level and with the updates from the Public Consultation, the final policy is expected to be tabled for cabinet decision in January 2021. “The Ministry is working on the upgrade and formalisation of several informal settlements and upon completion, ninety nine (99) year leases will be issued to settlers within the upgraded settlements.

The policy that is currently applicable for the lot allocation is nineteen (19) years old and was approved in year 2001. The issues surrounding informal settlements have changed significantly since then and the efforts by some #Fijians to manipulate the system are increasing every day.

Hence, it is time to bring in new policies to solve current issues,” said Minister Kumar. Key areas that the new policy will address includes: entitlement for lots, price of lots, Government subsidy levels and restrictions on sale of subsidized lots.

The Public Consultation schedule is available on the Ministry website and Facebook page and will be advertised in the media on a regular basis.

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