GUYANA: GYD$25,000 per household for COVID-19 relief- President Ali

President Dr. Irfaan Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Monday announced that government would be providing a GYD$25,000 in relief to each household due to the adverse impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

In an address to the Annual General Meeting of the Private Sector Commission, he said in addition to the disbursement of funds to the health and education sectors, the household assistance would be provided. “We are working on a household intervention of about $25,000 per household,” Dr. Ali said.       

It is unclear whether the aid would be in cash or kind, how often this will be provided and whether all or affected households will be getting assistance.

Details about this assistance package were sketchy, but the President praised the European Union, United Kingdom, and United States for assisting Guyana. “Everybody has been helping. I want to thank them sincerely. They are breaking down the barriers and they are trying to get us access to resources as quickly as possible,” the President said.

Thousands of Guyanese have either been laid off due to the closure or scaling back of many businesses, while others have been forced to cut salaries in order to retain staff.

Days after assuming the Presidency, Dr. Ali announced that government was seeking a total of US$60 million in assistance to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier Monday, Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr. Vindhya Persaud announced that under a Child Care Assistance programme, the government would be providing packages for essential workers ranging from health care workers, police officers, fire officers, prison officers, army members, and security officials.

Dr. Persaud said direct payment would be made to licensed child care facilities for disbursement to parents of children who are younger than seven years.

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  • kamtanblog  On 09/01/2020 at 4:03 am

    Devil in the detail !

    However am sure “Welcomed news”
    by poorer classes.
    Welfare must remain a temporary “fix”
    Less we end up with “junkies” (addicts)

    My heart bleeds for the poorer class
    guyanese !

    How new oil wealth is managed is essential
    if Guyana is to move progressively forward.


    Kamtan uk

  • Curtis  On 09/01/2020 at 10:43 am

    Hopefully the funds that are being given to Guyana from those foreign countries will end up in the pockets of Guyanese who need it the most. The Opposition must keep a keen eye on what monies have been received and how it’s dispersed.

  • detow  On 09/02/2020 at 8:55 am

    Hopefully Guyana will not totally focus on oil as the need for this commodity will diminish, and even totally disappear, as industry converts to the use of alternate means of energy, e.g. wind and solar. Small window of oil wealth for politicians to grab as much as they can for themselves.

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