Govt must reduce duty on freight costs and remove VAT on basic food items in the Revised Budget – Prof. Prasad

Govt must reduce duty on freight costs and remove VAT on basic food items in the Revised Budget – Prof. Prasad

By Shanil Singh
Thursday 24/03/2022
National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad [Photo: NFP Facebook Page]

National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad says Government must remove VAT on basic food items, reduce duty on freight costs and remove the 20 cents per litre tax on fuel in the Revised Budget.

Prasad says one of the biggest issues is that about 30% of the population were living below the poverty line even before COVID and according to their estimation, almost 50% of Fijians are currently struggling to put food on the table.

Prasad says people are living under the highest ever cost of living in this country’s history and Government must ensure that the Revised Budget addresses VAT as a major issue.

He says this is a Government who had promised in 2014 not to put VAT on basic food items however they broke that promise.

Prasad says the Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been going around the country and talking about why the prices are rising.

The NFP Leader says the 20 cents per litre tax on fuel has to go.

Prasad adds he hopes the Revised Budget will deal with the cost of living in a decisive manner.

He is also hoping that the Minister for Economy’s consultation was not just the campaign strategy and he has listened to the people.

Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will deliver the Revised National Budget at 7.30 tonight.

FEATURE NEWS
Young man commits suicide in Nasese, please seek help if you are facing challenges
Suicide remains a silent killer in our country as cases of concern continue to emerge this year where people are resorting to end their lives. In t...
24 minutes ago
LATEST NEWS
Single mother graduates with honours despite financial struggles faced for the past 5 years
Salote Taukeisalili was full of joy as all her hard work paid off after she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Education ...
5 minutes ago

Dogs to be based at the Coke Games to ensure safety of athletes and students - Tikoduadua
Proactive steps are being taken by Police and government to ensure the safety of students and athletes during the Coca-Cola Games next week as the ...
16 minutes ago

Naviyago village headman’s wife calls for suicide awareness after son’s death and other attempted cases
The wife of the village headman of Naviyago in Lautoka, Laite Kuruilase has called on people to speak out and share their problems with someone they ...
23 minutes ago

Young man commits suicide in Nasese, please seek help if you are facing challenges
Suicide remains a silent killer in our country as cases of concern continue to emerge this year where people are resorting to end their lives. In ...
24 minutes ago

President’s surprise birthday during Eid-al-Fitr celebration at Malaysian High Commissioner's residence
It was a surprising moment for the President of Fiji Ratu Williame Katonivere as the Malaysian High Commissioner to Fiji Nor'Azam Mohd Idrus and his ...
34 minutes ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
SODELPA Management Board instructs Gavoka to hand over Education portfolio to Radrodro
The SODELPA Management Board has now asked SODELPA’s Parliamentary Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Viliame Gavoka to relinquish his Education ...
5 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho's Acquittal Appeal
Coverage on the appeal filed by Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, John Rabuku against the acquittal of the former Prime Minister Voreqe ...
20 days ago

National Program Manager for Fiji 7s, Gareth Baber appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
Gareth Baber appeared on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan to share his plans heading into the preparations for the upcoming tournaments ...
21 days ago

TOP