One year free rent in flood-affected areas

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The Prime Minister and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Voreqe Bainimarama is waiving land rental fees on government land leases in areas badly affected by the floods and declared disaster zones in the Western Division, for a period of one year.

His decision comes after his two-day tour of the West assessing the damage caused by the flood.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Mr Filimone Kau said that the decision would mean that government land tenants in the affected areas of the West will have their land rent free for the period January 2012 to January 2013.

“We will now work closely with the Commissioner Western and his team to identify tenants badly affected and who will benefit from the waiver,” he added.

The waiver will allow tenants to concentrate on rehabilitation and rebuilding programs.