Friday 4 December, 2020

Culture Minister: CSM sponsorship reduced not pulled

Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly is refuting claims that a directive was given to pull National Lottery Control Board (NLCB) funds from this year’s Chutney Soca Monarch.

The Minister of Community Development, Culture and Arts told Loop it was indicated that funds from both the Ministry and NLCB would be reduced not pulled. She said according to her information the money was not pulled.

She said while Cabinet is yet to make a decision on the allocation of funds to the Carnival bodies, it has been said that money will be reduced.

“We would usually scale it from the deduction in the Ministry’s allocation,” she said, estimating that there might be a 25 percent deduction.

In a press conference on Thursday morning, George Singh, founder of the Chutney Soca Monarch competition announced that the 2018 show would be cancelled.

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He said he was told there was a directive from the Ministry of Finance to pull all funding from CSM.

Given the Minister’s response, George insisted that was the message he received at a meeting with NLCB.

“If there is a change of heart has not been indicated to me so from now anything they are telling me has to be put in writing,” he said.

A Cabinet decision on the allocation of funding for Carnival events is expected next week.

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