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Gov’t seeking additional $3B for Amerindian development on Thursday

The Government is seeking an additional $3B in supplementary funds from the National Assembly for improved services in health care, education, agriculture, and youth empowerment.

President Irfaan Ali announced that the Government would be seeking the funds next week on Thursday.

Indigenous leaders from over 200 communities on Wednesday were asked by President Ali to submit their recommendations to the government on day three of the National Toshoa Council (NTC) Conference so that the government can take action after perusing those recommendations.

Agriculture, education, health care and youth development were some of the key issues raised and submitted by the Amerindian leaders.

Following an analysis of the recommendations, the Government made the decision to go to the National Assembly for $3B in supplementary funds so these plans can be materialised.

“This is outside of the $50B we have already spent in the last 2 years. $3B dedicated to the work you have done yesterday, in the categories I have mentioned. In the coming weeks, you will see members of cabinet coming to join you in your communities and chrystalising these plans,” Dr Ali stated.

$250M has also been set aside for youth and empowerment projects in every single Amerindian community across the 10 administrative regions.

“We are going to take every single eligible candidate from the hinterland communities who can be trained to become health care workers, nurses, teachers, teaching assistants and teaching aids.”

“We’re gonna take those and develop a common comprehensive programme to provide the trading for all of them so they can have the required skills to serve their communities and more importantly they will come on the government employment system to support the delivery of reliable service in every single communities.”

Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo also reassured village leaders that $1.2 billion has been set aside to cushion the effects of the high cost of living in the hinterland.

This will see a one off cash grant of $25,000 being distributed to every single hinterland and riverine community.

Distribution of this cash grant will commence in the new week.



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