GIS – 15 May, 2020: ‘The health of Mauritians comes first, but at the
same time, we have to keep the balance with the economy making sure that
citizens can earn their living and not face the threat of unemployment so that
our economy does not face the risk of recession’.
was made by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities,
M Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo this afternoon, during his intervention on the
Covid-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine Bill, in the
National Assembly, in Port Louis.
He recalled that
Mauritius has, since the beginning of February, been in a sanitary emergency
and this situation has persisted and the country is still under threat. ‘We can have a resurgence, and, being a small
country we must protect ourselves’, he emphasised.
Speaking about the
two Bills, the DPM pointed out that both have been discussed and have received
the contribution of one and all before being introduced in the National
Assembly. He reassured that workers’
rights are not being violated given that Govenment had in fact introduced
several measures to alleviate the population, namely by introducing, amongst
others, the negative income tax, old age pensions and the minimum wage.
However, this is
a time when temporary measures must be taken, the DPM highlighted. Thus, for him, the frontliners are being given the
means and powers to protect themselves, the society and Mauritius in order for
the country to become a prosperous high-economy.
As regards the public utilities sector, Mr Collendavelloo remarked that Government has given sufficient guaranties on the
water sector reform and the population has been disciplined and has supported
the actions of the authorities.
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