- 14 December, 2017:
The core mission of Government is to strive towards the creation of an inclusive and more equitable society by ensuring the social integration of the vulnerable groups in the mainstream society and that all strata of the society benefit from an equal economic empowerment.
The Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, made this statement during a key remittance ceremony under the Full Concrete Housing (FCH) Unit Scheme, yesterday at Cascavelle. The FCH project is a joint collaboration of the National Empowerment Foundation and the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment.
In his address, Minister Wong underlined that the project seeks to provide support to needy families by providing them a place of comfort, with proper amenities. A house, he emphasised, implies having a safe and secure environment conducive to good familial relations and most importantly ensures the proper development of children.
Mr Wong underscored the underlying aim of the scheme which is to ensure a proper upbringing of children, who are the future of the country, in a healthy environment. He urged parents to demonstrate a sense of responsibility, discipline, and make necessary sacrifices to earn a living, achieve financial independence and stability, and improve their social status and to inculcate these values to their children.
The Minister further reiterated Government’s commitment to provide support to the poor and vulnerable people. He outlined that the various measures, programmes and actions interlock to provide relevant assistance and empower the vulnerable group. These measures include the setting up of: Minimum Wage, Negative Income Tax, Community Working Group, School Premium, subsistence allowance, training programmes and allocation of various grants and schemes.
Three beneficiaries residing in Black River received the keys of their housing unit. The FCH Unit project concerns some 117 families eligible to the scheme. The housing units range from 40 m²-50m².On the occasion, plants were distributed to the beneficiaries and a tree planting ceremony was held to symbolically represent the need of self-sufficiency, respect for the environment and sustainable living.
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