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|NADF posits budget cuts first in series of attacks by joint opposition on Ramotar administration|
|Monday, 08 October 2012 22:15|
MR. ASHTON Simon, MBA, after the budget fiasco, lashed out at the cruel and crazy budgetary cuts by the joint opposition; and in a statement on behalf of the National
Amerindian Development Forum (NADF), he posited that it is unbelievably stunning that in today’s politics, the ‘cut down to get on top’ strategy is still very much alive.
The National Amerindian Development Foundation is of the view that such a strategy will send Guyana’s hard-earned gains down the pipeline.
One must be honest to realize and acknowledge the sterling progress made since 1992. NADF says that one does not have to count on fingers to outline these gains as they are very visible in all sectors of our environment and society.
NADF noted “with surprise and grief” the joint opposition’s proposed budget cuts to most of the LCDS, and GRIF-funded projects in our National Assembly. This, said the organisation, is a complete turnaround for Guyana’s development as it will impact on all sectors of our society. In a release, the organisation stated that, “The opposition must realize that such a proposal is high risk and will have negative consequences in the long term. ‘
It continued, “Proposing cuts to the LCDS and GRIF is sidelining Amerindians from development programmes. It means that funding for the Amerindian Development Fund will not materialize. It specifies that our homes will remain in darkness and our children will never be able to pursue academic and other programmes of their choice. It means that demarcation of our titled areas will cease or slow down. It also means that these proposed cuts will seriously affect the small Guyanese entrepreneurs who strive to better their lives through micro and small businesses. Our children will grow up ignorant of the digital world, thus creating a gap between those who can afford and those who cannot. The APNU and the AFC falsely enticed the Amerindians and other Guyanese into voting for them under the pretext that life will be better under their watch. This indicator certainly is not pointing to a better path.”
NADF is fearful that in expanding their blurred vision of development, APNU and AFC will compromise our hard fought for Amerindian Act, especially those clauses which empower communities and village councils to veto up to small and medium scale mining activities. AFC has in the past indicated such a strategy, stated the organisation.
These proposed cuts were intended to destroy many poor people’s lives across the country, according to NADF, which says that if the courts had not ruled in favour of the government, and if they have their way in their proposals, then electrical costs will spiral, and it will also effectively derail the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, which is designed to reduce the high cost of electricity to the Guyanese people.
Internationally, the status and recognition that Guyana enjoys as a world leader in the fight against Climate Change will be deleteriously affected. This move by the opposition, stated the organisation, was designed to cede Guyana’s global leadership on climate change, noting that one must acknowledge the pride Guyanese experience when international recognition is showered their way. A tiny country with such assertive powers, we must give credit where it deservedly belongs – thanks to former President of Guyana, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo.
NADF stated “Our LCDS is recognized as a national initiative, and must be promoted as such. Seeking to sow discord and creating divisions within our structured national effort will be pursuing goals of destruction. If the opposition is aware that Guyana’s LCDS has been lauded by global leaders as a model for the world to follow, LCDS would not even come to their lips. But, they have, and a strategy will have to be developed to answer such challenges; the partnership with the Kingdom of Norway is at high risk and Guyana must be on ‘RED ALERT’ as the benefits of accruing over US250M in the next five years for our forest services in the fight against climate change is about to be compromised. “
The Chairman of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said Guyana’s LCDS is one of the most progressive strategies of its kind in the world. Global NGOs, presidents and prime ministers have commended it, while some, from as far as Africa, sought our input for helping them to develop their strategies. More importantly, the people of Guyana support the LCDS, especially the Amerindian sector.
The proposal to cut the budget would have damaged our socio-economic thrust, and negatively impact our population and damage our efforts to make life better for all. NADF is urging the opposition to be more responsible in their thoughts and concepts. NADF is also seeking to inform them that sitting on the ‘opposition benches’ does not mean saying ‘NO’ to every issue presented for their perusal; for so saying is being immature and only reflects the hungry politicians they be. Hungry for power; and must get it at all costs; even at the cost of absolute destruction.
NADF’s position on this is that it is absurd and will not benefit Guyana in the long term.
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