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The Grinch has visited Guyana – Dr. Persaud

The burdensome taxes, struggles of sugar and lack of employment opportunities all prove that the Grinch has visited Guyana while Santa Claus has stayed home.
This is according to Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Vindhya Persaud who flayed the government for not catering for young people, the elderly, the disabled and single women in the largest budget ever presented. She noted that despite the monetary volume of the 2018 budget, hardly will any benefits trickle down to the ordinary man.

Turning her attention to the sugar industry, where another batch of hundreds is set to be thrown on the breadline by year end, Dr Persaud asked where the plan or social security net is for the workers and families who will be left without a meaningful source of income.

She asked where are the plans for single mothers, women, hinterland residents and young people, noting that none has been mentioned in the budget.

Pointing to the justice system and social ills like domestic violence and sexual assault, Dr Persaud urged to government to do more to ensure social protection is extended to all peoples of Guyana.

Additionally, Dr Persaud lashed the Minister of Public Health for trying to paint a “rosy” picture of the health sector in the country.

“The Delivery of healthcare is in total shambles, I’ve visited many health institutions, the shelves are bare in the bond, equipment not working since 2016 and a shortage of human resources,” she stated.

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