Provincial Levy

The Fiji Times has received two letters from people asking a question a lot of people want to see answered: Why are iTaukei required to pay a Provincial levy to their Provincial Council. Emosi Balei has asked the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs to “shed some light on the basis of this racially biased levy and why it is still relevant this day and age?” It is supposed to be paid by the people of a province regardless of whether people live in their village, but many people don’t pay it. Emosi Balei calls it “a remnant of the colonial era and as such is now no longer valid.” The elected representatives are no longer allowed to elect their Chairman, so why should they pay the levy?

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