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Opposition approves budget for Ministry of Agriculture after Government comes clean on spending – 17th Apr 2013

parliament afc irrigationThe Alliance For Change had said that there was initially no indication that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority could spend the $1.4 billion that was being requested and for this reason is proposing that the allocation be reduced to $585 million, unless the Government can show how and when the money would be spent.

The big question was on drainage and irrigation and surrounded the $800M agreement with India-based, Surendra Engineering Corporation, for the supply of 14 large capacity drainage pumps.

With the explanations given by the Agriculture Minister, the AFC was satisfied and did not go ahead with its plan to cut the budget.

And that’s the position it says it will take on all the budget items it has given notice that it will cut.

The major coalition bloc, APNU has proposed cuts of over $30 billion, but it too has said that once the Government comes clean on how it intends to spend the money, then there will be no cuts.

In what the opposition hailed as landmark and transformational decision, Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman ruled that the House does have the powers to amend the budget, and by amend, the Parliamentary rules does not allow for adding to the budget, but only for reducing or cutting it.

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