Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PNM would scrap Ministry of the People, PM Kamla warns

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar warned supporters on Monday that the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) would scrap the Ministry of the People and Social Development. 

She made the point as she appealed to the people of Chaguanas West to vote for the United National Congress (UNC) in the July 29 byelection in the constituency in order to keep the party and the People’s partnership in office.

She noted the work that the positive work the Ministry of the People has been doing under the leadership of Glenn Ramadharsingh and said by keeping Chagunas West in government the work will continue.

“No government has ever focused so clearly on the need for the services that this ministry provides,” she said as reminded her audience that opposition leader Keith Rowley has pledged to get rid of the ministry.

“In January last year, the leader of the PNM told supporters when their party takes office it would scrap the Ministry of the People. That is not one of their secrets. Dr. Keith Rowley said it in a public meeting, she said. 

“All these benefits you have from this Ministry would vanish if (heaven forbid) the PNM gets back in office. So my message to you is to shut them out. They must never get back in government. They must never win a constituency; And sisters and brothers make sure that they don’t have even the remotest chance of winning in Chaguanas West.”

Persad-Bissessar said Rowley’s plan is to scrap the People’s Ministry in favour of a Ministry of Rural Development.

“Dr. Rowley has said he would establish a Ministry of Rural Development because "logistically" rural communities are always left behind,” she said. “We inherited the rural neglect of the worst kind and today after just three years if you look around you in any part of the country you would see the amazing amount of development.”
She said there is no need for any special ministry for rural development because all ministries are involved in development. 

“We don’t discriminate between urban and rural. We have been making every effort to reach into rural Trinidad & Tobago to deliver services with the same urgency as in the towns and cities. It's called national development,” she said.
She outlined some of the projects:
  • The Debe campus of the University of the West Indies to make education costs more affordable for thousands
  • A COSTAATT campus in Chaguanas
  • Hospitals in Couva, Arima, Point Fortin and Penal
  • The Nursing Program at El Dorado
  • Work Force Assessment Centres all over the country
  • A highway to Point Fortin with all the attendant development along the way 
"The delivery record of YOUR government is unparalleled," she said. “In every village and town work is apace to improve the quality of life. 

Our detractors are spreading their propaganda against us so I want you to arm yourself with the facts.”

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