AFC reports cordial and informative meeting with PSC

The Alliance for Change (AFC) is reporting that it had a cordial dinner meeting with the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on the 2012 budget and the cuts made therein, while A Partnership for National Unity prefers to meet with a wider cross section of the society and not just the PSC.

“We had dinner last night with the PSC. It was cordial and informative. We will be issuing a press release this week,” said AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan.

Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, speaking on behalf of APNU said that the PSC wrote requesting a meeting on the impact on the budget cuts.

“We said we want a wider consultation involving labour and other NGOs,” said Dr Roopnaraine, adding that this the party communicated to the PSC.

The PSC after a meeting to discuss the impact of the $21 billion in cuts made to the $192.8 billion 2012 national budget sought a meeting with Leader of the Opposition David Granger, President Donald Ramotar and the PPP/C.

The PSC said the cuts will affect the private sector and this was a concern for the growth and development of the private sector.

The PSC was concerned that the axing of funds from the one laptop per family programme would directly affect the fortunes of the private sector.

A total of $170 million was cut from the one laptop programme and $18.39 billion cut from the LCDS programme, whose allocation catered for the government’s portion of the equity investment in the Amaila Falls Hydro project in the amount of about $16.4 billion.

“We are extremely unhappy about some of them,” a PSC source had said. “We asked the Leader of the Opposition to meet with us so that we could get an understanding of what he has done and for him to benefit from our understanding the impact of the cuts on the private sector. We hope to get a response from him,” the source had said.

Last month the opposition made cuts to allocations for the National Communications Network (NCN) ($81.2 million cut), Government Information Agency (GINA) ($130.4), the Guyana Elections Commission ($527 million), Office of the President ($150 million, $345 million), and Office of the Prime Minister ($6 billion).

The opposition cut all but one dollar for an allocation of $18.39 billion covering a number of low carbon projects under the Ministry of Finance, namely, the Amaila Falls Project ($16.4 billion), Amerindian land titling ($202.1 million), Amerindian development fund ($205 million), small and micro enterprise ($512.5 million), climate adaptation project – Cunha Canal $410 million and institutional strengthening of agencies connected to the LCDS $615 million.

The opposition also cut a total of $224.4 million under the Ministry of Finance covering subsidies and contributions to local organisations. These were the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) with $20 million, the State Planning Secretariat with $105 million and Ethnic Relations Commission with $99.4 million. All of these allocations were reduced to $1 each.

Comments  

House approves $1.93 billion for sugar severance

-number of redundant workers at 4,763 The National Assembly yesterday approved nearly $2 billion to facilitate full severance by the end of January for a little more than 1,600 of the 4,763 sugar workers that have been made redundant.

Gov’t meets unions on sugar industry’s future

Following criticism over government’s handling of the restructuring of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), President David Granger and members of his Cabinet yesterday met with the leadership of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) to discuss the future of the sugar industry.

Baramita mother, 18, succumbs after beating by partner

An 18-year-old woman succumbed on Thursday evening, one day after she was allegedly beaten by her common-law husband during an argument at Baramita, in Region One (Barima-Waini).

Absent convict gets life sentence for child rape

In his absence, Ganesh Chaitram, who was charged with raping a 10-year-old girl in 2016, was yesterday sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of the crime.

Team Benschop disowns member for overstaying term as city councillor, voting for parking meters

City councillor Jameel Rasul says he will shortly be resigning his seat after being berated by his group, Team Benschop for going beyond the agreed six-month stint and voting in favour of the controversial parking meters deal.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×