Friday, July 26, 2013

From GISL: $7M for Emancipation and Eid; each Masjid gets $5,000

July 25, 2013:
PM Kamla celebrates Emancipation Day
Government has funded approximately $7 million to various cultural and religious groups for celebrations of Emancipation Day and Eid ul Fitr, which would be observed within the next two weeks.

Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Dr. Lincoln Douglas made the announcement as he addressed the weekly post-Cabinet media briefing which was held at the Office of the Prime Minister earlier today.

Douglas said Cabinet had approved $3.38 million for Emancipation Day celebrations. Emancipation Day will be celebrated on August 01st, 2013. The Minister said Emancipation Day celebrations will begin tomorrow, with the opening of the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village at the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

“The Emancipation Support Committee will get $2 million, as well as $2 million from the Sport and Culture Fund of the Office of the Prime Minister. Forty-eight other groups will receive over $300,000 in support,” Douglas said.

The Minister reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the development of culture in Trinidad and Tobago, saying that religious and cultural festivals were critical to the development of the nation.

“Government will continue to support all the festivals which aid in the development of Trinidad and Tobago,” Douglas said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communications, Jamal Mohammed announced that approximately $3 million has been approved for the observance of Eid ul Fitr, which he announced would be celebrated on August 09, 2013.

“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is in support of all religious organisations and would ensure they get support to celebrate in a proper manner,” Mohammed said.

The Minister announced that all masjid will receive $5,000 in cash, while major groups such as the Anjuman Sunnat ul Jammat Association (ASJA), the Trinidad Muslim League, the Tackveeyatul Islamic Association (T.I.A.) among others.

(Reporduced unedited from GISL - Government Information Services Limited)

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