Budget 2013: Opposition frustrated with Gov’t consultations – video

Opposition continues to express frustration with the efforts of the Government to hold meaningful consultations

Capitol News – February 11, 2013: The main opposition party A Partnership For National Unity, APNU, believes that the 2013 budget is in an advanced stage, despite budgetary talks with the opposition parties. The Budget is schedule to be presented by March 30 to the National Assembly.

Opposition Leader David Granger said efforts to have a collective input from the parliamentary parties, the APNU and the AFC seem to be heading down hill.  

Last year, the joint opposition parties used its one-seat majority to cut several of the Government’s line items in the budget. This action led to several protests which were organized by some Government Ministries. Speaking to the media on Friday, Granger said the information request was not forthcoming. He’s strongly of the view that the budget is almost completed without the input from the two main opposition parties.

So far the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, held two consultations with the main opposition parties; the second took place on Friday last.

According to the APNU, they were told by the Minister to submit some additional information that will inform the final budget. The Next budget consultation meeting is set for February 22.

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  • Laura G  On 02/12/2013 at 9:40 pm

    Right on the spot Mr. Granger. Surely no one believes that the PPPC government does anything in good faith. These so called ‘consultations’ are usually just to make them look good. We refused to be taken for the ride agaian, never mind they will come out with their cry about the ‘budget cuts’ which they will claim is keeping back development. This claim by the PPP wil reverberate from the Rupununi to the Corentyne, from the greenheart forest to Atlantic waters….

  • Vaughn  On 02/13/2013 at 1:44 am

    Check out the leader of the GPP on youtube.

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