As announced in the 2021-2022 National Budget, the Fijian Government is supporting formal and informal sector employees on Viti Levu who are affected by the pandemic through monthly payments of $120 for a period of six months (August 2021 – January 2022). The Fiji Sun dated 23rd August, 2021 reports “Attorney-General and Minister for Economy yesterday tweeted that: “Days ahead of schedule, we have met the once-in-a-century COVID-19 crisis with one of the largest assistance payouts in history. $72m was paid in unemployment benefits to 200,000 Fijians. In the coming days, we’ll reach 60,000 more bringing the total payout to around $94m.”
As an economist you are trying to assess this COVID-19 benefit scheme. In the essay critically evaluate the above COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance from the Fijian Government.
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