Amerindians protest Ramjattan move to cut supplementary funding
-say higher stipends promised by ministry for action
Over 80 indigenous persons gathered opposite the Public Buildings yesterday to demonstrate against a move by AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan to slash $500M in supplementary funds sought for Amerindian communities for the remainder of the year but some of them said that they were promised increased stipends by the Amerindian Ministry for the protest.
The move to cut the budget was made because the AFC believes that the funds would not be used for genuine Amerindian development, Ramjattan told Stabroek News. “It is not for genuine Amerin-dian projects but just to buy Amerindian votes,” he stated.