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Ruling PPP/C warns against budget cuts, describes any such action as reckless and irresponsible – 8th Apr 2013

budget cutsThe ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic is warning against cuts to the 2013 Budget and Estimates, describing any such action as reckless and irresponsible.

But at the same time, the opposition is maintaining that they are not constrained to amend any aspects of the estimates. The opposition also said that Parliament continues to enjoy the same powers it had last year, when it slashed allocations to several agencies, despite the CJ’s ruling.

The opposition, both APNU and AFC, threatened to cut what they called, unnecessary allocations to various Ministerial and Governmental agencies.

Speaking at Freedom House, the party’s headquarters, Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali strongly defended the allocations to NCN and GINA.

Over the weekend, opposition Leader David Granger confirmed that APNU will be cutting the budget for the two agencies. He said while NCN is making some effort to cover opposition events, GINA continues to be biased in their coverage and reporting.

As it relates to GPL, Minister Ali said the power company provides an essential service to Guyana. He explained that any cut to GPL, will result in an increase in tariff to the consumers.

But while cautioning of any budget cuts to GPL and GUYSUCO, Minister Ali said cabinet has recognized the need to have these agencies run more effectively and efficiently.

Tuesday will be the last day for budget debates, after which Parliament will go in committees for consideration of the line by line items in the estimates.

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