In his address, the Prime Minister underlined that the aim of the Phasing out of Sugar Camps Project was essentially to improve the working conditions of workers. The vision of Government is anchored in the philosophy of uplifting and enhancing the working and living conditions of the population, he added. In this regards, he underlined that the beneficiaries, some 75 families, are being offered a significant opportunity of becoming land owners, due to their hard work.
Prime Minister Jugnauth recalled that the sugar industry is deeply related to the history of Mauritius as it was once a major pillar of the economy and helped in the socioeconomic development of the country. However, he underscored, over the years, due to daunting challenges and unfavourable conditions, a reform of the sugar industry was imperative for the sector to continue to operate and remain viable.
He recalled that the Voluntary Retirement Scheme has been one of the main components of the Sugar Sector Strategic Plan 2001-2005 to reduce the operating cost of production of sugar in Mauritius. This endeavour has proved to be successful for both workers and entrepreneurs, he pointed out.
Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that the development agenda also takes into account social progress wherein Government ensures that the different strata of the society are offered equal opportunities. The working class in particular, he emphasised, have been given extensive support with recent initiatives such as the Negative Income Tax and the Minimum Salary.
He observed that these measures will ensure that the quality of life of the working class group is improved and added that personal efforts, sacrifices, hard work, discipline, and commitment are essential ingredients to success.