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Indian government donates additional $2m to PM’s Disaster Relief Fund

Prime Minister Bainimarama receives the donation from India High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal. Photo: DEPTFO

Fiji, June 23 (UITV)- The Indian government contributed an additional F$2 million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief Fund on June 21.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal, presented the funds to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a meeting at the PM’s Office. Mr. Sapkal said the funding was directed at families and communities that were affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

While receiving the donation, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama thanked the Indian government for supporting Government’s effort in rehabilitation works after Cyclone Winston.

Mr Sapkal also met Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu to discuss the various working arrangements currently in place for Fiji and India. Mr. Seruiratu said the intention of the meeting was to gain feedback on the Land and Water Resource Management Bill, which was discussed earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner Mr Vishvas Sapkal also presented India’s intention to adopt 30 Fijian schools. He said that India wanted to create a better learning environment for children because they would become a valuable resource for the economy.

Mr. Sapkal said, “We are considering the options of adopting 30 schools around Fiji to be a part of ‘Adopt a School Initiative’. It is a part of government initiative and the Indian government has come forward to help the children in Fiji have better schools to get educated after some schools were destroyed by the Tropical Cyclone Winston.”