GIS – 30 November 2018: Some 280 beneficiaries received yesterday their cheques, amounting to a total of Rs 22.2 million, under the Roof Slab Grant Scheme, during a ceremony held at at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall, Port Louis, in presence of the Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo, and other personalities.
Different categories of grants have been allocated to the beneficiaries: 30 families under category of Rs 50 000; 67 under Rs 70 000; 182 families under category of Rs 100,000 and one beneficiary will be provided necessary construction materials.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Jhugroo reiterated Government’s commitment through various significant measures, to improve the quality of life of families who are at the lower rung of the social ladder. He recalled that budgetary measures 2018-2019 make provision for an increase of the maximum grant for the casting of roof slab for families earning up to Rs 10,000 monthly, from Rs 75,000 to Rs 100,000.
For families earning between Rs 10,001 and Rs 15,000, the Minister underlined, the maximum grant has been increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 70,000 while adding that for families earning between Rs 15,001 and Rs 20,000, they will benefit from a maximum grant of Rs 50,000.
He further emphasised that Government will continue in its endeavours to provide assistance to upgrade the life of vulnerable families with a view of promoting an equitable and inclusive Mauritian society. The implementation of various infrastructural projects across the country, the construction of a considerable number of social housing projects and the extension of the size of new housing units were also highlighted by the Minister.
Roof Slab Grant Scheme
The Roof Slab Grant Scheme is an ongoing project of the Ministry of Housing and Lands in collaboration with the National Housing Development Company, which has as core objective to provide financial assistance to low-income families for the casting of roof slabs to complete their housing project as well as to strengthen social and cultural integration of these families.
From 2015 till date, 5 661 families have benefitted from the scheme, to the tune of some Rs 357.4 million.