The debates on the 2016-17 Budget continues this Monday August 8 at the National Assembly.
But before the debate, the opposition leader Paul Berenger sent a Private Notice Question (PNQ) to the Minister of Social Security, Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo on the situation of disabled children in Mauritius. Paul Bérenger wanted to know the number of children who benefit from the disability pension.
Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo reported that 3130 children will be eligible for the disability pension. She says her ministry will also look at on 500 cases of parents of children with disabilities who could not get a welfare pension because they do not meet the criteria of the Ministry.
The disability pension for disabled children is a measure that was announced in the 2016-17 Budget. Previously, disabled children under 15 years could not qualify for a disability pension. Their parents were not getting a social assistance and had to meet certain criteria to qualify. One of the criteria was that their salaries should not exceed a certain threshold set by the Ministry.
Before the start of the PNQ, the Minister of Good Governance Roshi Bhadain exchanged a handshake with Finance Minister Pravind Jugnauth. The two men spoke for a few minutes.