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Starting off the first round of budget debates today in the national Assembly, PNC/R’s  new shadow minister for finance Volda Lawrence left no stone unturned in challenging the administration’s  2011 budget, which  she said lacks  vision to deal with  the real issues affecting the Guyanese people.

Lawrence in her presentation pointed to issues such as unemployment, 16 % Value Added Tax and the rising cost of living as issues that are still left to be addressed by the PPP regime. Instead of this the opposition member said that the administration is using this year’s budget as a political management tool, especially since it’s an election year.

She warned members on the other side of the house that at the end of the day, the large expenditures contained in the budget, does not mean anything to the ordinary man in the street.

Lawrence also touched on the issues of corruption, transparency and accountability. It is on this note that she called on the government to provide the necessary information regarding the recently launched project-” a laptop per family”.

The PNC/R’s shadow minister for Finance added that the rise in domestic debt is also an issue that needs to be closely looked at- An issue she believes the administration should be ashamed of.

And even as the administration sees its 2011 budget as one that will build tomorrow’s Guyana today, Lawrence said that the PNCR firmly believes that the budget merely addresses maintenance and falls short on modernization. 

Starting off the first round of budget debates today in the national Assembly, PNC/R’s  new shadow minister for finance Volda Lawrence left no stone unturned in challenging the administration’s  2011 budget, which  she said lacks  vision to deal with  the real issues affecting the Guyanese people.

Lawrence in her presentation pointed to issues such as unemployment, 16 % Value Added Tax and the rising cost of living as issues that are still left to be addressed by the PPP regime. Instead of this the opposition member said that the administration is using this year’s budget as a political management tool, especially since it’s an election year.

She warned members on the other side of the house that at the end of the day, the large expenditures contained in the budget, does not mean anything to the ordinary man in the street.

Lawrence also touched on the issues of corruption, transparency and accountability. It is on this note that she called on the government to provide the necessary information regarding the recently launched project-” a laptop per family”.

The PNC/R’s shadow minister for Finance added that the rise in domestic debt is also an issue that needs to be closely looked at- An issue she believes the administration should be ashamed of.

And even as the administration sees its 2011 budget as one that will build tomorrow’s Guyana today, Lawrence said that the PNCR firmly believes that the budget merely addresses maintenance and falls short on modernization.

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