Opposition votes down $1.1B Amerindian Development Fund

- over concerns about gov’t misuse, effectiveness

Government has failed to get approval for its proposed $1.1B Amerindian Development Fund, which the opposition voted down due to concerns about its potential misuse by the administration for electioneering and about the effectiveness of the projects to be funded.

The funding included a total of $796M earmarked for the continuation of the Youth Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeship Programme (YEAP) and funds paid to Community Services Officers were intensely scrutinised by both APNU and AFC members during the continuation of the consideration of national budget estimates on Thursday evening.

Led by Yvonne Pearson, about two dozen Amerindian youths, including school children clad in uniforms, thronged the halls of National Assembly …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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