GIS-11 July, 2013: The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, during a solemn ceremony held at the Treasury building this afternoon, handed over cheques, as a sign of humanitarian support, to twelve victims of accidents and illness as well as relatives of those who have tragically lost their close ones during accidents.
Speaking to the victims, Dr Ramgoolam pointed out that this donation of cheques, under the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, represents a symbolic help, in addition to the assistance from social security which they are entitled to. He said that the policy of Government is to help the most vulnerable people in society, adding he does not want Mauritius to become a country where people rely solely on Government’s help.
Dr Ramgoolam recalled that the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund was created by him in 1997 during his first mandate. The main objective is to provide assistance to victims of accidents, injuries or severe hardship and to extend financial support to persons and organisations engaged in activities for a good cause in the public interest.
The Prime Minister further pointed out that the Mauritius Turf Club was the first organisation to make a contribution of around Rs 5,2 million to the Fund. The Fund is managed by professionals from the Civil service and the accounts are verified and checked by the Director of Audit. Beneficiaries also have to meet very strict criteria to be able to benefit from the Fund, he said. As at date, around Rs 30 million have been disbursed.
After the ceremony, Dr Ramgolam talked and listened to the victims and relatives who were present and said that he shared their grief and asked them to be strong.
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