GIS - 22 December 2014: The First Session of the Sixth National Assembly opened this morning with the Administration of Oath of Allegiance by Members. The latter also signed the Roll of Membership.
On proposal of Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee has been elected Speaker of the National Assembly and Mr Adrien Charles Duval as Deputy Speaker. Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram has been elected Deputy Chairperson of Committees.
Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee is the first woman ever to become the Speaker of the National Assembly. She has had a rich career in the public service before joining politics in year 2005. She was not elected at the 12 December 2014 elections.
‘My election as the first woman Speaker in the history of Parliament of Mauritius is a tribute to the women of our country and I dedicate my election today to all women of Mauritius’, she said in her acceptance speech. She pledged to uphold the ‘dignity, serenity and decorum’ of the House, with the undertaking that impartiality and understanding will be her guiding principles in the conduct of the business of the House.
During this opening session, the National Assembly has also paid homage to late Clarel Malherbes and Hurrydew Ramchurn, who passed away in August and September 2014 respectively. They had both formerly served as Members of Parliament and as Ministers.
The Additional Remuneration (2015) Bill was also on the order paper. The Bill provides for the payment of an additional remuneration to employees of the private sector with effect from 01 January 2015 as follows:
(a) Rs 600 to full-time employees, irrespective of the basic monthly salary drawn; and
(b) 6 per cent to part-time employees drawing basic salary up to Rs 10,000 monthly, and Rs 600 to those drawing above Rs 10,000 monthly.