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AFC not pleased with Budget consultations – 20th Mar 2013

afcOpposition party, The Alliance for Change, is expressing disappointment over the budget consultations as the Minister of Finance prepares to deliver his seventh budget next Monday.

The Party’s General Secretary, David Patterson said, while he cannot say if the AFC will vote to cut any part of the 2013 budget, the AFC will be looking to see if there would be any preferential spending for projects involving persons close to the ruling party. Patterson said the AFC wants a budget that focuses on the needs of Guyana.

Patterson said every line by line allocation will be rationalised with the aim of reducing wastage and extravagance.

The party also reiterated its position on budgetary concerns, which include the reduction of VAT, the Berbice bridge toll reduction, public servants wages be increased by 10 pe cent across the board and the increase of Old Age pension raised to 15000 Guyana dollars, among others.

Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh has described the 2013 budget as the people’s Budget. He said through the budget, continued efforts will be made to alleviate the prevalence of underemployment, unemployment, and poverty within the country.

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