GIS - 08 December, 2017: Government wants to achieve a greater equity through an improved social housing policy and in turn uplift the status of vulnerable families, highlighted the Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Mahen Jhugroo, at the inauguration ceremony of Résidence Ambre National Housing Development Company (NHDC) housing complex held yesterday in Mon Goût.In his address, Minister Jhugroo underscored that Government has undertaken an integrated approach to social housing comprising adequate amenities and recreational facilities with a view of enhancing the quality of life of these families. He emphasised that newly built housing units under the Smart Residence project of the NHDC have been constructed to enable families to live in dignity and peace.
He recalled that more housing projects are being undertaken in the Northern regions such as Cottage, Piton, Petite Julie and Calebasse, amongst others. He underlined that these projects will help foster inclusion and equality among the low income groups. Some Rs 6.8 billion have been earmarked in the Budget to help low-income families to benefit from these social housing units, he added.
The Minister urged the beneficiaries of the new housing units to set up a Residents' Association which will act as a watchdog to ensure that the residential area is not affected by any kind of disturbance or illegal expansion works.
Also present at the event, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, emphasised the importance of education, training and employment in the lives of vulnerable families. He appealed to the beneficiaries to make the most of the opportunities which have been made available to them.
He highlighted that the introduction of the National Minimum Wage and Negative Income Tax allowance will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and reduce inequality hence contributing to poverty alleviation in the country.
The New NHDC housing complex comprises 98 housing units each of 50m2 with individual yards. It is also equipped with a children's playground and a Petangue court so as to ensure the accessibility of leisure activities to the new residents.
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