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South Rupununi residents force Natural Resources Ministry to cancel Mining Lottery for that district – 7th May 2013

shot0003Strong objection from residents of South Rupununi in region 9, has forced the Ministry of Natural Resources to cancel the mining lottery for that district.

Some residents are contending that the lands allocated through the lottery system are traditional Amerindian lands.

The decision to cancel the lottery was welcomed by hundreds of residents who were present at a meeting with the Minister and team at Aishalton over the weekend.

The Minister promised the residents that the regulatory agencies would consult and engage all stakeholders to improve the management of Guyana’s natural resources.

According to Minister Persaud the Government would not condone illegal mining. He said the GGMC is boosting its capacity to increase monitoring, compliance and enforcement within all mining districts.

And the Minister also spoke of the impact the budget cuts will have on some of the policies and programs of his Ministry.

Amerindian groups over the years have complained about being treated as second class citizens and were demanding the right to have their say on Amerindian titled land.

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