Tuesday 7 July, 2020

PM justifies cuts to social programmes such as MIC

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is defending Government’s decision to cut expenditure to programs which were geared toward re-socializing males in T&T, as part of the administration’s crime prevention strategy.

Dr Rowley was responding to questions posed to him by Naparima MP Rodney Charles, while speaking in the Lower House earlier today.

Charles questioned whether cuts to programmes such as MYPART, MiLATT, CCC, Cadets, Police Youth Clubs, YTEPP, MIC, NESC and Servol went against the interest of the re-socialization process necessary for males.

The Prime Minister, however, did not agree.

“I would not say so at all. I would acknowledge that there are many things that we would like to do and do more of but given the reality of the significant reduction in the exchequer account and the loss of revenue, all aspects of national life has been asked to take some kind of reduction, whether it is medication in the hospital, whether it is paying teachers for after school classes, the police service, all areas of expenditure has been affected and what we are expecting is that we would eliminate waste, corruption and do more with less.” 

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