A newly published report of the NESC putting into perspective the concept of revenue inequality indicates that the rich has become richer while the poor has remained at lower levels.
The report of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) Mauritius relating to the subject of revenue inequality has revealed the recent trends. In 2012, 20 % of the households with the highest revenues had 47 % of the total revenues. Back in 2001, it was 3 % less than in 2012.
However, the total revenue of 20 % of those households with the lowest revenues went through a decrease of 1 %: 5.4 % in 2012 as opposed to 6.4 % in 2001.
The ratio between the 20 % of the households with the highest revenues and those with the lowest ones went from 6.9 to 8.8 in ten years.
According to the data of the Household Budget Survey, the number of households making it to the category of high revenue has increased. However, those with less than Rs 5 000 have not reaped the fruits of the economic growth. The rich has become richer while the poor has remained at the same level. This leads to an even greater gap between the two groups.
The report also mentioned that the National Remuneration Board (NRB) has failed to perform its role because 22 of its 30 sectors have not been reviewed.