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Mauritian government to discuss extra expense allocation for last fiscal

Mauritian government to discuss extra expense allocation for last fiscal

The Supplementary Appropriation Bill (2012) of Rs 2.08 billion will be presented at the first reading by Mauritius Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval in the National Assembly on Tuesday. (Image: grandbaie.mu)

Two billion eighty-one million seven hundred and five thousand and six rupees (Rs 2,081,705,006) – that is the amount of additional budget that will be needed this year. The Supplementary Appropriation Bill (2012) will be presented at the first reading by Mauritius Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

This amount represents the excess over the amount allocated by the Appropriation (2012) Act 2011 in respect of the programmes undertaken over the last fiscal year.

According to the bill, this item largely consists of the “centrally managed expenses of government”, at slightly over Rs 744 million. Next up is the Ministry of Public Infrastructure with an allocation of Rs 474 million for community-based infrastructure and public empowerment, and land drainage works.

On the other hand, the office of the Ombudsperson for Children has been allocated a paltry Rs 523,719. Even the Ministry of education and human resources has received an allocation of only Rs 4,048,000 for technical and vocational education and training.

Another bill which will be presented during the third reading under the guidance of the Minister of Agro–Industry, is the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Bill.

Besides the supplementary bill, the opening of Parliament will also be punctuated by no less than 109 items listed on the agenda, including 12 to the Prime Minister.

Regarding the national identity card (NID), Pravind Kumar Jugnauth (first member of Quartier Militaire/Moka), has a query to the PM on who will manage the bank of personal data and what will be the cost to the state. Reza Uteem (second member for Port Louis South and Port Louis Central) will pose a query to Tassarajen Chedumbrum Pillay, Minister of Information Technology and Communication (ICT), on the additional costs associated with the NID and sub-contractors chosen for its implementation. While Cehl Meeah of the Mauritian Solidarity Front (Front Solidarité Mauricien, or FSM) plans to ask the Prime Minister if the project can be put on hold, pending a national consultation.  Besides, Meeah will also be asking Duval to explain if, in regard to the Gini coefficient which measures the poverty gap, figures over the past three years indicate any increase in inequality.

Source: Government of Mauritius 

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