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Beddoes slams businessman Vinod Patel over Help for Homes fiasco
Vinod Patel the hardware merchants have been running an advertisement with perhaps 1000 names asking those listed to contact them for the items they are entitled to under the Government’s Help for Homes initiative.
These are the Winston victims who have been waiting for nearly a year for assistance they desperately need to rebuild their homes.
But Vinod Patel has published the advertisement in only one of the daily papers – the Government’s propaganda rag the Fiji Sun. This means they are apparently following Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s notorious and vindictive policy of withholding advertising from the Fiji Times which has the largest audited circulation.
So those on the Vinod Patel published list who read the Fiji Times, but not the Fiji Sun, are denied vital information relating to the well-being and security of their families.
In fact, it is a matter of life and death now that we are well into another cyclone season. Vinod Patel’s decision is dangerous and irresponsible.
Sounds like there’s a strong case here for a class action by those discriminated against.
My question to Vinod Patel and the other favored hardware merchants for the supply of materials for the victims of Cyclone Winston who have already received payments is this.
• How can you take funds from the victims for material without delivering the materials at the time they paid you?
• If you have not delivered the goods for the money you have received, what ‘concessions’ are you providing the victims for your delay?
• Where is your obligation to the customers that you have failed to supply? Why are you asking them to call you, surely as you are the ones who have reneged on your side of the transaction, so you are the ones who are obliged to at least call them and keep them informed on the progress of their un-supplied, yet paid for materials.
I personally think it is possible that, Vinod Patel has acted unconstitutionally as the Help for Homes Initiative involves public money. Taxpayers funds has been paid out and received, but materials not supplied. I wonder what the Consumer Council has to say about this level of negligence.
Shame on Vinod Patel!