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The Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund, set up in 1948, is governed by the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund Act (Act No. 47 of 1974) as subsequently amended.
The Fund is a parastatal body currently operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare.
per Section 7 of the SILWF Act, the SILWF Committee is composed of 22 members including a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson appointed by the Parent Minister.
OBJECTS OF THE FUND
The objects of the Fund as spelt out in the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund Act (Act No. 47 of 1974) as subsequently amended shall be “to do all such things as appear requisite and advantageous for or in connection with the advancement and promotion of the welfare of workers and their children".
However, in accordance with Government Policy, the SILWF has also extended its scope of activities such that it is operating at national level irrespective of the occupation of the people. At present, the SILWF through its 139 Community Centres is mainly engaged in the implementation of Community Based Programmes/Projects/Activities
The mission of the SILWF is:
•To develop welfare programs to enhance the well-being and condition of living of sugar workers and their family for a proper integration in the new emerging socio-economic environment; and
•To mobilise and develop local leadership to ensure an effective and meaningful participation of the community in the harmonious development of the Mauritian society at the regional and national level.
The Vision of the SILWF is "to contribute toward Government objectives and to transform Mauritius into a smart and sustainable island through Community Development Programmes/Projects."