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Mauritius PM announces Rs6.5billion jackpot to civil servants

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Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has announced the implementation of the recommendations of the Pay Research Bureau (PRB) report, triggering concerns that the “excessive generosity” could jeopardise the state finances.

The main measures, to weigh Rs6.5 billion, will add on to the current benefits of some 86,000 civil servants:

  • The salary increase will be paid in full in a single installment as from January 2021.
  • Arrears between January and October 2021 will be paid in the form of a ‘lump sum’ in November 2021.
  • The new salary scale for civil servants will be effective as from December 2021.
  • The ‘sick leaves’ for 2020 will be reimbursed
  • Those who retired between January and October of this year will not be penalized.
  • Minimum salary of Rs 10,250 to General Workers. The ratio of the salary of a General Worker to that of a Permanent Secretary has been reduced from 1: 7 to 1: 6.2.
  • More civil servants to be eligible for duty free when purchasing a vehicle.
  • The interest rate is reduced for the purchase of electric vehicles through a “green loan”.

Several economists have been quoted as criticising the ‘jackpot’ to civil servants, arguing the country cannot afford such “generosity” in the current context of economic uncertainty.

The opposition considers the report and the “politically-motivated gift” as an indication that municipal elections are “not too far away.”

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