Government along with the Family Support Network (FSN) and the BVI Red Cross are conducting investigations to identify persons who have abused the initiative to deliver free essential grocery items to residents.
Minister of Social Development Carvin Malone gave that indication on social media at the weekend.
He said: “All recipients of territorial provisioning packages (groceries) are warned that the delivery to homes are being checked to verify that numerous packages (more than one) from either government, FSN and Red Cross were not received by the same household.”
The minister also urged all persons who have received items multiple times to contact the essential supplies hotline to reverse the error.
“Violators would be identified and contacted. You are encouraged to call 852-7688 and make [arrangements] to correct as there are families in need that have not been served. Do your part! Do the right thing” Malone stated.
The minister’s appeal comes on the heels of a BVI News report that cited government consultant Claude Skelton Cline stating that residents were abusing the free groceries initiative.
According to Cline, persons within the same household were requesting the welfare food packages at different intervals.
He said once the first delivery is made to a household, another person within that same residence would call one of the aforementioned entities to request another free package; reportedly under false pretence.
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