Sunday, October 13, 2013

771 former sugar workers get residential and agricultural leases

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday handed out 729 agricultural leases and 42 residential leases to 771 former employees of Caroni (1975) Limited.

And she made it clear that it had nothing to do with election. It was the fulfilment of a pledge she made in 2010, she said. 

"I want to assure you, election or no election campaign, this is a promise we made in 2010. It’s a promise that is part of our manifesto, it’s a promise that we are fulfilling on an on-going basis,” Persad-Bissessar said in her address at the Centre Pointe Mall, Chaguanas.

The lands were promised to the former sugar workers by the previous Patrick Manning PNM government as part of a negotiated separation package when Manning closed the company and put thousands of people out of work.

During his term he handed out just a few lots and even reneged on a court order to deliver the lots.

During the People's Partnership 2010 election campaign Persad-Bissessar promised that she would ensrue that everyone who is entitled to land gets it.

“These promised plots of land, now returned rightfully into your hands, and when managed and monitored effectively, will contribute to the development of the agricultural sector, reduce our food import bill, and play an important role in the rejuvenation of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy by continuing to contribute to the GDP,” Persad-Bissessar said.

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