GIS - 07 September, 2018: The Employees Welfare Fund (EWF) launched three new schemes, namely the Online Loan Application Scheme, the EWF Holiday Scheme and the EWF Scholarship Scheme, yesterday at the seat of the EWF in Port Louis, with aim to enhance the services offered by the EWF for the welfare of employees both in the public and private sector.
The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo and other personalities were present at the event.
On this occasion, Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo lauded the EWF for launching the innovating schemes which focus on providing access to financing for key issues such as education, health, and family. According to her, these services will be highly beneficial to employees and their families.
She highlighted that the welfare of the Mauritian workforce is one among Government’s priority, adding that the local workforce has been instrumental in the development of the country. To this regard, she stressed on the need to strike a balance between employee welfare and employee productivity. Contented employees are more likely to be committed and work harder for the benefit of the economy, she said.
Moreover, the Vice-Prime Minister pointed out that the schemes will encourage the public to turn to e-services, in line with Government’s efforts to be more sustainable and environment-friendly. She encouraged all employees to avail of these schemes.
For his part, the General Manager of EWF, Mr A. Reddi Sitanna highlighted that these new schemes have been formulated in order to respond to the evolving needs of employees. He recalled that the EWF, established in 1991, aims to cater for the welfare, leisure and recreational needs of the employees and their families in terms of loan, financial assistance, and welfare projects. The EWF, he underpinned, will continue to plan new ways and do all such things that appear to be necessary and conducive for the promotion of the welfare of employees and their families.
The EWF is setting new targets and will be soon implementing new projects, namely a Hotel Project in Rodrigues, Education Saving Scheme and New Leisure Park, he added.
The New Schemes
The Online Loan Application Scheme will provide a hassle free interactive experience for users to get loan information on the different loan schemes and provide relevant information for their loan application.
The EWF Holiday Scheme will facilitate employees of both the private and the public sector to plan holidays with their families and spend more quality time by providing them with attractive and cost effective packages, both locally and abroad.
The EWF Scholarship Scheme will sponsor children from vulnerable families who have high potentials but are unable to pursue higher studies due to unavailability of funds. It will help broaden the scope for young people by addressing the shortage of personnel in certain fields and encourage them to move away from traditional sectors.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://gis.govmu.org