Parliament approves $2.5b in supplementary spending during testy session

-NDIA has assumed responsibility for 29 pump stations following GuySuCo’s D&I exit

After more than five hours of intense debate the National Assembly yesterday approved $2.5 billion in supplementary spending for the 2018 fiscal year.

Government is now set to spend at least $271 billion this year including the $267 billion budget and the first supplemental provision of $1.931 billion which was used to meet a portion of the severance pay for sugar workers.

Among the spending items approved last evening were current and capital estimate increases for the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) totaling more than $800 million.

The authority, which has assumed responsibility for drainage and irrigation tasks previously undertaken by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), has found the challenge daunting…..

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