The increase in the TV license fee decided by the Council of Ministers on June 14, should allow the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) have revenues of about Rs 44 million only through subscriptions. This without taking into account the advertising fees that amount to tens of millions of rupees annually.
This increase of 50%, bringing the monthly subscription Rs 150 instead of Rs 100, to take effect July 1. It will allow the MBC to raise about Rs 14.3 million more. However, we learn that the new rates are not yet implemented, as they have not been published in the Government Gazette far. It appears that the government still look into a few details before complete the dossier.
Currently, 284,991 homes will pay Rs 100 per month. With the tariff change, they pay Rs 150 through their bills the Central Electricity Board (CEB). It thus gives a total of Rs 42.7 M. To this must be added the 23,591 households with a consumption of less than 33 units of electricity per month. They continue to pay Rs 20 to the end of each month. Here, the MBC picks Rs 471,820 monthly for a little more than 20 000 families are in this situation. This brings the total to Rs 43.2 M.
To all this must be added the restaurants, hotels and others who pay a different price. Through them, the MBC receives approximately Rs 1 million more.
The issue of fees was also discussed in Parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam would justify the measure, saying that currently, "we must realize that we are paying a very low price." He recalled that the last increase was in January 2002, 11 years ago, when "the MSM / MMM Government had passed the subscription of Rs 25 to Rs 100. "
This rate increase is justified by "the investments made by the CBM projects in Mauritius, Rodrigues and Agalega, mainly scanning channels, improved quality of service and increased television and radio programs," as shown the statement of the Council of Ministers of 14 June.
On Tuesday, the head of government also reported rationalization of expenditure and the purchase of movies, series and football "at a lower price." Also in an effort to spend less, the direction of the MBC decided not to make use of external companies for security, cleaning and transport. This is now done in-house.
Navin Ramgoolam recognizes that, financially, the national radio and television "is not in good health" and that the report of the Pay Research Bureau in 2013 came burdening pay envelope. "They can not freeze the increases. It would not be fair. Then there was a substantial increase in the cost of electricity, fuel, spare parts. We can not allow the MBC continues to widen its deficit, "he replied to the arrest of the deputy MSM Showkutally Soodhun.
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