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Poverty eradication tops government agenda

Poverty eradication tops government agenda

Poverty eradication remains on top of the government’s agenda in line with Goal 1 of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, according to Mauritius’s Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Surendra Dayal. (Image: business.mega.mu)

Poverty eradication remains on top of the government’s agenda in line with Goal 1 of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, according to Mauritius’s Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Surendra Dayal.

An awareness programme themed Nou travay ensam sans discrimination (‘We work together without discrimination’) was organized yesterday at the Auditorium Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture in Phoenix to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2013.

A joint initiative of the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment and the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF), the event was held to raise public awareness on poverty. In this context, it touched upon ways and means to help families in absolute poverty to integrate with the mainstream.

Dayal also emphasised the importance of empowerment which he described as one of the main objectives of his ministry. He underscored that all actions necessary to help the needy segment of the society are undertaken by his ministry. Empowerment, he said, is an essential tool which makes vulnerable citizens feels more secure and eventually helps them stand on their own feet.

He also enumerated various facilities offered by his ministry and the NEF in providing assistance to vulnerable groups to help them live a fulfilling life and spoke of education as one of the most important means to combat absolute poverty.

The theme ‘Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty’ was chosen this year by the United Nations to mark this day.  It highlights the discrimination that people face on a daily basis because of poverty, their marginalisation in the political, economic and social spheres of their societies, and their lack of voice and representation in the conceptualisation, implementation and evaluation of policies and programmes that affect them directly and indirectly.

NEF, the implementing arm of the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, has provided assistance to several beneficiaries under various schemes.

Under the Social Housing projects, over 5,000 families have benefited from a decent home. For child care, the Child and Family Development programme is already operational with 8 Child Day Care centres. The Ministry has also put in place 13 learning corners and has distributed educational material to over 25,000 children for 2013. Also, around 2,400 persons have availed benefits of the Placement and Training programme this year. Finally, under the Circular Migration project, about 47 workers have been sent to Canada in 2013 to work in various sectors while about 2,300 children have benefited from the Junior Lifeskills programme.

Source: Government of Mauritius

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