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Amerindian affairs ministry organizes budget cut protest

amerindianIt did not take much for the Amerindian Affairs Ministry to round up support and have members of the various Amerindian villages stage a picketing exercise outside Parliament building.

On the picket line on a cloudy Monday afternoon the messages on the placards and chants were directed to the Opposition members.

National Toshaos Council Chairman Derrick John hoped the Opposition could hear their cry to restore the 1.1 billion dollars for the Amerindian Development fund.

The Amerindian Affairs Minister  Pauline Sukhai and her  Permanent Secretary, Nigel Dharamlall also joined the picketing exercise that was aimed at condemning the Opposition’s recent action.

The Opposition side of the National Assembly made it known to the government that the funds were being cut because it was felt that the monies are being used by the administration to garner political support. 

The Former Chair  of the National Toshaos Council Yvonne Pearson found the budget cut unacceptable.

The Amerindian Development fund was cut last Thursday when the combined opposition voted against the 1.1 billion dollar initiative as the House continued to consider estimates of expenditure for the 2014 National Budget.

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