- 24 November, 2016:
The Programme for the Payment of Annual Grant was officially launched this morning in Rose Hill by the Senior Citizens Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions. Some 150 Senior Citizens Associations of the Lower Plaines Wilhems Ward have been allocated their Grant for the year 2016.
In her address, the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs F. Daureeawoo, stated that a total of Rs 1.4 Million has been allocated to the 800 Senior Citizens Associations of Mauritius.
The Minister underlined that her Ministry will continue to work in close collaboration with the Council and different Associations to promote the well-being of our elders, as they have contributed to the progress and development Mauritius .She lauded the good work undertaken by the Senior Citizens Council and the Senior Citizens Associations.
Minister Daureeawoo recalled that as at date, there are about 200,000 persons aged 60 years or more and that it is the duty of the concerned Ministry and the Senior Citizens Council to provide all the required facilities and mentor our elderly. She strongly condemned all forms of abuse and ill-treatment against the elderly and the illegal operations of retirement homes.
A fourth recreational centre is currently under construction at Riambel and is expected to be ready by 2017, said the Social Security Minister and pointed out that the booking system for the recreational centres has been computerised for more transparency.
The Programme for the Payment of Annual Grant is being carried out differently this year. Instead of gathering all the Senior Citizens Associations for the remittance of cheques, the exercise will be done throughout the different districts around the island over three days.
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