AFC formally announces its intention to cut the 2013 National Budget – 15th Apr 2013
When Mr. Ramjattan took to his feet, he wasted no time in quoting the law books, even going to the practice in England, and then coming back to the Parliament itself, to prove that the opposition can cut the 2013 National Budget. The so called Parliamentary Standing Orders, Ramjattan stated, allows for estimates to be laid and then “amended” as necessary.
It was these same Standing Orders that the Minister of Finance used last year, Ramjattan said, chewing up the Government’s own arguments, and he was all too happy to quote the Minister of Finance.
Once Ramjattan was done, the Finance Minister attempted to save his own arguments from last year, but it hardly had weight for the opposition, judging from the moaning that burst out when the Minister attempted to salvage his own words.
The Alliance for Change is proposing cuts to be budget that could eventually add up to 38 billion dollars.
But Ramjattan emphasised that the AFC’s position, is that should the Government provide sufficient details and information, many of the reductions can be avoided.
But he said the AFC would cut the budget where it sees necessary.
The major opposition Parliamentary bloc APNU has also signalled its intention to cut the budget, but has not formally done so in the National Assembly.