Goolsarran dismisses gov’t rationale for $4.55B spending
Government is seeking shelter for $4.55 billion of extra-budgetary expenditure under an article of the constitution that is not applicable, former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran says and he roasted Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh’s actions as disrespectful and contemptuous of the National Assembly.
The government on June 19, 2014 tabled Financial Paper 1 of 2014 as a statement of excess seeking to clear money which had not been approved by the opposition as part of its $36.7 billion paring of the 2014 budget. Among the agencies affected were GINA and NCN which the opposition have had longstanding concerns over and had therefore sought to deny provisions to for the last three years. Despite this, these two agencies were funded for the first half of this year and Singh’s statement of excess was …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.