The anti-corruption watchdog has ordered the government to re-evaluate applications submitted for the ‘Get Set’ youth entrepreneurship loan scheme.
According to local media, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) told the youth ministry that it has flagged corruption in the evaluation process.
The commission found that two youth ministry staff were among the recipients chosen by a technical committee.
Of 597 applications, the committee chose 107 recipients based on a selection criteria.
The management of the programme was transferred from the youth ministry to the economic development ministry last week.
The government plans to offer MVR200 million (US$12.9 million) to encourage entrepreneurship among youth and assist the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.