Sales in the hypermarkets for bread, butter, bananas and lemons from Rodrigues have all slowed down. The explanation is simple. Money from thousands of pockets are being poured into the coffers of a few people and into those of the Government. This will be the case when it comes to the approximate 70-million rupee of the Loto game this week. Recently, SAJ claimed at a Plaine Magnien meeting of the MSM/MMM that as Prime Minister he had refused to approve the loto licence.
The actual Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam justified himself by saying that the loto tax is a means to support the needy. Honestly, nobody would have imagined at the time of launching of the Loto that many trades in Mauritius will be affected.
If there are 70 winners, everyone will win Rs 1 million and this money will quickly re-enter the circulation system. Actually, we are in a state of “money jam” just like traffic jam.
Casino, horse betting, football and all sorts of “carte graté” are tempting many people towards easy money. Once one starts gambling it becomes a non-stop process. The tragedy is that some people instead of buying food, spend the last R-20 coin expecting to win the jackpot… Do we need a gambling generation?
Before it is too late
Today, several million rupees are being drained from the “many” to the very few. The purchasing power for an average Mauritian is going down fast. The losers are nervous and stressed. Political leaders must react and take remedial actions. Trade union leaders must not only fight against MSPA for an increase in salary but also teach their members how to save. At all levels, ONG or social organizations must all react in a co-ordinated effort to teach that “easy money is a dream”.
The only way to combat gambling is education. Today we must not teach only Maths, Chemistry and Physics but also why and how to stay far from the growing evils.
Prime Minister – it is never too late to remedy the situation. The vast majority will support you in this endeavour. Start reacting.