‒ calls for 124 ac­tions in 17 ar­eas to stim­u­late econ­omy, re­duce hard­ships, more

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and the econ­omy have made clear that the doc­u­ments would have served to en­sure that the con­sul­ta­tions do not be­come ‘talk shop’ un­der­tak­ings; rather, would al­low for sub­stan­tive dis­cus­sions.

As such, t he PPP/ C, has moved to the Na­tional As­sem­bly with a mo­tion call­ing for ac­tion that would “stim­u­late the econ­omy, re­duce poverty and hard­ships presently be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced, es­pe­cially by the poor and work­ing peo­ple of this coun­try.”

A whop­ping 124 pro­pos­als were made in 17 ar­eas by the po­lit­i­cal Op­po­si­tion. The mo­tion says: “Be it re­solved that the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance take ac­count of and im­ple­ment these pro­pos­als in his 2018 An­nual Bud­get.”

The 17 ar­eas where rec­om­men­da­tions for ac­tion were made in­clude: Fis­cal and Tax­a­tion Poli­cies; Fi­nance Sec­tor; Trans­parency and Ac­count­abil­ity- En­hanc­ing The Busi­ness En­vi­ron­ment And Send­ing The “Right Sig­nals”; In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment; En­ergy Sec­tor; Ed­u­ca­tion; So­cial Ser­vices; Health; Agri­cul­ture Sec­tor; Amerindian- ma­jor­ity Re­gions; Su­gar In­dus­try; Rice Sec­tor; Busi­ness Sec­tor; Con­struc­tion and En­gi­neer­ing Sec­tor; Min­ing Sec­tor; Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sec­tors; and the Se­cu­rity Sec­tor.

Spe­cific calls were made for: the re­ver­sal of the im­po­si­tion of Value Added Tax (VAT) on elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, ed­u­ca­tion and other es­sen­tial food items, among oth­ers; the re­lease the Nor­we­gian fact- based as­sess­ment on the Amaila Falls Hy­dropower Project and im­me­di­ate com­mence­ment of i mple­men­ta­tion; t he restora­tion of the “cash care” pro­gramme for each child reg­is­tered from nurs­ery through to se­condary stu­dents and in­crease to $ 20,000 per child; t he in­crease in the rate of Old Age Pen­sion to $ 25,000 per month from the cur­rent $19,000 per month in keep­ing with the APNUAFC Coali­tion Man­i­fes- to; the restora­tion of the sub­sidy given to dial­y­sis pa­tients; the sus­pen­sion of in­creased fees for land and drainage and ir­ri­ga­tion; the re­pos­ses­sion of pri­vately owned lands to stop; the re- hir­ing of the 1,972 Amerindian Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Of­fi­cers; the im­me­di­ate re­ver­sal of the de­ci­sion to close down three su­gar es­tates- Uitvlugt, En­more and Rose Hall es­tates- by De­cem­ber 2017; the re­ver­sal of the de­ci­sion to close Wales es­tate; stop the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the Skel­don Es­tate and Skel­don En­ergy Inc.; the re­sump­tion of ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Govern­ment of Venezuela with the in­ten­tion of sell­ing rice and paddy to that coun­try; t he restora­tion of t he na­tional hous­ing pro­gramme by open­ing up new and avail­able lands in all re­gions for in­di­vid­ual house­hold own­ers; the un­al­lo­cated oil blocks to be auc­tioned in re­sponse to the de­mand; the re­peal of the new Broad­cast­ing Act 2017; the re­moval of t he t olls i mposed by the Lin­den Town Coun­cil on ve­hi­cles tran­sit­ing to, and, through the town­ship to the in­te­rior and coast; the re­moval of the ban on

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