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2013 Budget Estimates to come under the Parliamentary Microscope on Monday – 12th Apr 2013

parliamentThe 2013 Budget Estimates will come under the parliamentary microscope on Monday and the main opposition party APNU says  it will not be letting up, particularly with those super salaries contract workers in the Government system.

This year the Office of the President has been allocated just over seven billion Guyana dollars for administrative services and presidential advisory services.

Opposition Spokesman on finances Carl Greenidge said the party is concerned with all the contract workers employed by the Office of the President and other Government agencies and the large salaries they receive.

Greenidge said what the APNU is advocating for is public accountability and proper institutional mechanisms, under which funds are being requested, all in an effort to protect taxpayers from misuse and abuse of public funds.

He spoke about the monies that were allocated under budget in 2012 to the National Irrigation and Drainage Authority.

The former Finance Minister said the opposition does not have any so called sledge hammer waiting to be drop on the estimates, come Monday. However, he said the opposition’s approach to the proposed cuts will be systematic.

Greenidge also explained that the function of an opposition in a Westminster-style system is to examine the request for funds by the Government and then go through each request to see if it can be justified. He said the opposition is doing just that.

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