Combined opposition has a moral obligation not to rubberstamp 2013 budget – Opposition Leader David Granger – 10th Apr 2013
Opposition leader David Granger said the combined opposition has a moral obligation not to rubberstamp the 2013 budget; allowing it to pass without any scrutiny and a forensic examination of its allocations.
Granger was the last speaker of the opposition to argue his case before Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh had the last rebuttal.
Granger describes the 2013 budget as having no guiding philosophy, which inspires no one and was lacking imagination and innovation.
Granger said the Government did not hold any meaningful consultations with the opposition parties in the National Assembly on the 2013 budget.
He said every budget is a financial plan and it must be forward looking, providing significant safety nets for the poor and vulnerable in the society.
The Alliance For Change Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, also threw punches at the 2013 Budget. Ramjattan said based on what was presented it was clear that the Government does not understand that there has been a paradigm shift in the body politic of Guyana, and this is what the two opposition parties are defending.
He described it as the will of the majority.
But the Government continued with its positions that the 2013 Budget caters for the development of the country, with the Finance Minister having the last say.