GIS – 15 November 2013: For financial year 2014, total Government expenditure on Rodrigues inclusive of all expenditure incurred by ministries and department will, for the first time, cross the Rs 3 billion mark.
The grant to the Rodrigues Regional Assembly which amounted Rs 1.7 billion in 2013 will increase to reach to Rs 1.95 billion in 2014. The Special Holiday Package aimed at giving a boost to the tourism industry in Rodrigues is being extended for another year at a cost of Rs 50 million, which will be met from the National Resilience Fund.
Provision is also made for Rs 25 million to meet the differential of tariffs borne by Cargo Handling Corporation Limited on containerised and general cargo to Rodrigues. As regards the rehabilitation of the Synthetic Track at Camp du Roi Stadium, a sum of Rs 24 million has been voted.
In view of increasing internet connection in Rodrigues, the present internet capacity which is 37 Megabytes per second will increase to 155 Megabytes per second.
Government is investing in the economic and social development of the island so that the inhabitants can be empowered to achieve a higher quality of life and standards of living. An additional amount of Rs 23 million is being provided for shipping costs for improved safety and security on the transportation of materials and people in Agalega.
Budget 2014 is also providing for Rs 750 million over the next three years for improving air and sea connectivity as well as the living infrastructure. As outlined in the budget Agalega will also be connected to internet at an estimated capital cost of Rs 5 million and an annual running cost of Rs 4 million.
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