Merchants, artists, entrepreneurs, artisans… So many employees who work on their own account and who find themselves in difficulty with the confinement caused by the Covid-19. The government will pay them Rs 5,100, half the minimum wage, said Finance Minister Renganaden Padayachy at a press briefing on Tuesday March 31 .
The money will be paid directly into the account of those concerned. For those who do not have a bank account, arrangements will be made for help to reach them by post.
To be able to benefit from this assistance, the interested parties must however register on the website of the Mauritius Revenue Authority. A hotline, 207 60 00, has also been set up for those who do not have access to the Internet.
A Special Relief Amount dedicated to entrepreneurs whose turnover does not exceed Rs 50 million will also be disbursed. As for loans, the six-month moratorium, already applicable on the repayment of capital, has also been extended to interest.
In addition, the Development Bank of Mauritius (DBM) will provide loans of Rs 1 million to companies whose turnover does not exceed Rs 10 million and who have difficulty obtaining loans.
The payment of rents is also a source of concern. Renganaden Padayachy has announced that Landscope Mauritius will remove all penalties on late rent payments. As for companies whose buildings are managed by private owners, DBM will help them by offering “revolving” loans.
In the process, the Minister of Finance called on the owners to show understanding. In addition, the 13,000 market gardeners and market stall tenants will not pay rental fees.
The government also says it is working on extending the Wage Support Scheme . This plan aims in particular to help employees whose incomes do not exceed Rs 50,000 per month.