Sunday, 26 May 2013
President extends ‘olive branch’ on 47th Indep... » Pull Quote: ‘We should all feel justly elated ov...
Four missing in Cuyuni River mishap : --search to ... » POLICE, MARAD and the GDF Air Corps, along with tw...
Heavy downpours cause near panic in coastal commun... » AS residents of Georgetown and coastal Guyana cont...
Attorney-General warns… : AFC’s Ramjattan in t... » “THE nation cannot be held at ransom; this natio...
Deadline extension at Nicaragua meeting Guyana’s... » WITH the parliamentary Opposition MPs deliberately...
Minister Ali urges Florida private sector to capit... » MINISTER of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Irfaan ...
Culture Minister defends operations of Caribbean P... » WITH a public debate raging over the operations an...
Guyana to highlight mining opportunities at high l... » AUSTRALIA’S Senator Bob Carr, Minister for Forei...
|In closed-door meeting up to late last night…|
|Tuesday, 24 April 2012 23:34|
Gov’t, Opposition try to find common ground on proposed budget cuts
- consideration of estimates for OP, OPM, Finance Ministry slated for today’s sitting of the House.
THE consideration of estimates for the Offices of the President and Prime Minister, for which the parliamentary opposition are proposing cuts to their budgetary allocations, did not take place yesterday, as was scheduled. Instead, the Donald Ramotar-led government was, up to late last night, engaging the Opposition in talks with the view of finding common ground ahead of today’s crucial sitting of the National Assembly.
Yesterday’s sitting, scheduled to begin at 14:00 hrs, was delayed for about an hour. When it began, Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, noted that, for the second time in a matter of days, he had to commence the sitting later than the scheduled time.
“Today’s decision for the postponement was no different to that taken on the last occasion, as some members of our Assembly, very senior, prominent members of the Assembly, were in a very important meeting; and a decision was taken to allow them to complete their discussions and, of course, give them time to be present,” Trotman told the House.
“I apologise for the late start, but I believe that, in the circumstances, it could not be avoided,” the Speaker declared.
Scores of workers from several agencies, such as the National Communications Network (NCN), the Government Information Agency (GINA), Office of the President (OP), and those from the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project and Office of the Climate Change Unit, who would be adversely affected by the proposed budget cuts, staged a protest in downtown Brickdam, a short distance away from Parliament Buildings, to voice their concerns over the proposal by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) to cut billions of dollars from the 2012 budget -- including allocations that fall under the Office of the President, and $18B under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) projects -- in an alarming move that could affect several significant areas of development, as well as place a number of persons on the breadline, without jobs.
During the exercise, several supporters of APNU sought to disrupt those citizens’ right to express their concerns with their unruly behaviour.
The AFC and APNU tabled separate motions in the National Assembly on Monday. Two notice papers of Motions for Amendments, to be moved in the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly to the Estimates of Expenditure for the financial year 2012, were circulated to the House. One is in the name of APNU Member of Parliament (MP) Mr. Carl Greenidge, proposing certain cuts to the budgets of several agencies, including the Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, and Ministry of Finance – which could seriously impact the LCDS and Guyana’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) drive; and even provisions to GINA and NCN.
The other Motion was tabled in the name of AFC Leader and MP, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, proposing cuts to programmes under Office of the President and Office of the Prime Minister as well; and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
Meanwhile, Prime Minister and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Samuel Hinds, informed the National Assembly that the leaders of the three parties in Parliament were meeting with President Donald Ramotar “so as to seek to avoid collisions and collapse of the process that we are on now.
“And I think (that) we have mutually agreed that we would today complete Regions 8,9 and 10, but seek to postpone consideration of OP and OPM to tomorrow, so that we could continue to meet and maybe hopefully find some accommodation on the major issues which are at least implied in the motions which were submitted yesterday,” he said.
The discussions among the parties were reportedly continuing up to press time.
More Top Stories
- President calls for activism against human trafficking, domestic violence – at WPO’s 60th anniversary observance
- Over 1,300 more families in Region 4 receive laptops
- Hold elected officials responsible for their actions - Westford urges at Region 4 flag raising
- Fictional movie to portray Makushi village - showcasing splendour of Guyana’s rainforests, preserving culture of ‘first people’ - Director Michael Gilkes
- Accused gets 10 years in Kilcoy manslaughter retrial
- In a most irresponsible act - Local cricketer shoots friend in head - Gun went off during prank, friend left in a pool of blood at roadside
- Mumbai Indians attack their way to first IPL title
- Celebrating 47 Years of Independence in grand style
- President extends ‘olive branch’ on 47th Independence Anniversary : …in nation’s best interest
- Four missing in Cuyuni River mishap : --search to resume today
- Heavy downpours cause near panic in coastal communities : --NDIA, GuySuCo pumps working feverishly to alleviate situation
- Attorney-General warns… : AFC’s Ramjattan in throes of ‘spiritual upheaval’ : --exposure to which may prove perilous
- Deadline extension at Nicaragua meeting Guyana’s only hope at avoiding international sanctions
- Minister Ali urges Florida private sector to capitalise on business opportunities in Guyana
- Princess Hotel opens City Arcade
- Culture Minister defends operations of Caribbean Press - says will have to maintain a certain standard, a certain level
- Guyana to highlight mining opportunities at high level mining conference
- Sheema Mangar murder… Mother compliments Rohee on his concern over probe
- Hamilton Green petitions President Ramotar for benefits - says former Prime Ministers must also be taken care of
- Money Laundering amendments - Gov’t will be exonerated, nation will be persecuted …opposition will have to bear responsibility-AG