GIS – 11 October, 2019: Five eligible families under the Social Register of Mauritius, all from the region of Moka, received, yesterday, keys to their housing units under the Full Concrete Housing Scheme (FCHS), during a ceremony at Morcellement Providence, in Quartier Militaire. The Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, and the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun were present on the occasion.
The FCHS project is a joint collaboration of the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF) and the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment. The Housing units range from 40 m² to 50m², with the possibility of extension.
In his address, Minister Wong reiterated Government’s determination to propel the country in a new social paradigm, wherein the poor and vulnerable people are provided with the necessary assistance to uplift their living conditions and empower them. He underlined that the FCH is one of the various measures to attain Government’s objectives of eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life of the vulnerable, which are in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
He emphasised that owning a house represents a new start in life of the families who will now live in decent conditions and in dignity. On that note, he pointed out that the housing units are equipped with all the necessary facilities, amenities, safety, security and a harmonious environment where beneficiaries can live an active and healthy life in better conditions. He also announced that the NEF is coming up with the project of Prefab housing units that cost relatively less than concrete ones.
For his part, Minister Sawmynaden highlighted that the Full Concrete Housing Scheme reflects the deep resolve of Government to uplift the quality of life of people at the lower rung of the social ladder. According to him, the FCHS will certainly help the beneficiaries break the cycle of poverty and acquire better life chances that will enhance the quality of their life, in particular that of their children.
The housing units and Full Concrete Housing Unit Scheme
This type of housing unit is equipped with plumbing and electrical installations, septic tanks and water connection, amongst others. Beneficiaries will have to pay only 25% of the cost depending on their age. The duration of the monthly payment will lapse between 20 and 25 years depending upon the repayment capacity of the beneficiary.
The objective of the FCHS is to provide decent housing, with the possibility of extension, to eligible vulnerable families. Many eligible beneficiaries of the NEF live in housing units which are in bad conditions and deemed unfit. Based on an application for a housing unit and criteria set for the scheme, beneficiaries have been selected to benefit from NEF’s housing scheme. The beneficiary should be eligible under the Social Register of Mauritius, and be the owner of the plot of land; or should be a lessee of a State Land from the Ministry of Housing and Lands.
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