National Assembly: Prime Minister gives updates about the Lovebridge project
Lovebridge Ltd has so far recruited some 25 technical staff who are currently being trained to coordinate support programmes to the poor households. Forty-six families (220 persons) are already benefitting from Lovebridge Ltd and the number of beneficiaries will increase to 2,500 by December 2017.
This reply was given by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth yesterday in the National Assembly to a question relating to the implementation of the Lovebridge Project under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
In the context of the National Parrainage Programme, an amount of Rs 100M has been earmarked as one-off grant to support the Lovebridge ‘parrainage’ project, out of the amount of Rs 126 million of unspent CSR money collected from the private sector by the Mauritius Revenue Authority during the year 2015, he stated. This amount was disbursed on 26 January 2016, he pointed out.
According to the Prime Minister, the private sector, whose contribution is expected to be above that of Government, has so far mainly contributed in kind, in terms of office premises and staff, equivalent to some Rs 2 million. However, the Lovebridge project is yet to be fully operational, he said.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth also informed the House that as per its project plan, the private sector will be contributing towards the implementation of programmes relating to education, housing, health and food requirements of the poor and needy.
“I have given strict instructions to review and strengthen the existing monitoring and evaluation mechanism on the use and the outcomes of the funds allocated for the Lovebridge project”, he stated, adding that, in the context of the next budget, the CSR framework will be reviewed in line with the implementation of the Marshall Plan Against Poverty.