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Opposition MPs and Government Ministers clash over allocation of funds sought by Government – 10th Jan 2013

There were sharp exchanges in the National Assembly, as opposition MPs and Government Ministers clashed, over the Allocations of funds sought by the Government.

Minister of Housing, Irfaan Ali, faced the strongest criticism for his presentation of information, which his colleagues said, did not justify parliamentary approval for the 1.5 billion dollars he sought.

The Minister sought to explain that the programme being highlighted is an ongoing one  and is urgently needed  to advance the Ministry’s programme.

That explanation was however not bought by some MPs.

Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, sought to explain the Minister’s request  and the matter was expected to be put to a vote after a recess called  by the Speaker.

Earlier, Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, faced  similar scrutiny over his request for 1.5 billion dollars too. APNU shadow Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge and  opposition member, Sharma, both tried in vain to get Minister Ramsammy to give a detailed breakdown of the money which was being sought under the Ministry’s Water Management programme.

The combined opposition during the last budget, had slashed some 21 billion dollars in expenditure from several Ministries including the Housing Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry.

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