GIS – 12 January, 2018: Cheques totalling Rs 13.1 million were handed over to 228 families for casting of roof slabs under the Grant for Casting of Roof Slab of the National Housing Development Co Ltd (NHDC). The cheque donation ceremony was held yesterday at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall in Port Louis in the presence of the Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo.
The NHDC offers a maximum grant of Rs. 75,000 to households with monthly total basic salary not exceeding Rs. 10,000 for the casting of roof slabs to complete their construction. Households with monthly total basic salary between Rs. 10,001 and Rs. 15,000 receive a maximum grant of Rs. 40,000.
On this occasion, the Minister saluted the efforts and hard work of the beneficiaries in putting a roof over the heads of their families. He stated that since 2015, Government has disbursed Rs 254.8 million to encourage 4,183 families in the construction of their housing unit.
Minister Jhugroo reiterated Government’s commitment to eradicate poverty and help low-income families and recalled the various instruments implemented to tackle poverty and support vulnerable families. They include the introduction of the National Minimum Wage; the establishment of the Negative Income Tax where instead of paying taxes, individuals earning less than or equal to Rs 9,900 per month, receive financial support from Government; and the payment of a salary compensation of Rs 360 per month across the board.
The Minister also made an appeal to the population to engage in socially and environmentally responsible behaviour and avoid dumping their waste in drains and rivers. Following adverse climatic conditions, heavy rains and drains clogged with debris are causing floods in several areas. Mr Jhugroo called for a change in habits and mindset, and stressed the necessity to adopt the right approaches and attitudes to be more resilient to climate change and its impact.
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