Covid cash grant distribution for Georgetown before month-end -Min Dharamlall

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall has said that residents of Georgetown will start receiving their COVID-19 relief cash grant before month-end.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall

Speaking with DPI on Thursday, Minister Dharamlall said the distribution team is currently making its rounds, in keeping with the guidelines to ensure every household benefit from this initiative.

“The team is currently on the East Bank. As of January 7, is in the Grove community so they have worked from the highway coming down while the team on the East Coast, as of January 6, completed distribution in Melanie. So, they are currently working to go in Strathspey, Vigilance, Buxton and Annandale which are slated for January 7. So, before the month-end the team will be in Georgetown.”

In September 2020, President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali announced the cash grant among other measures, to help cushion the effects of Covid on households.  It also seeks to stimulate the economy by increasing people’s spending power.

Residents across the country have praised the Government for implementing this initiative, which commenced on September 29 in the hinterland regions.  Minister Dharamlall said the Government is working tirelessly to ensure that no one is left behind and those most in need are served first.

The Ministry started disbursing the cash grant to primary households in Region Four in December, even as it finished serving those in secondary households in other regions.

Primary household owners are instructed to provide a valid form of identification to receive the grant.  This includes a valid Guyana identification card, a valid driver’s licence or a valid passport.

Persons who are not at home during the distribution exercise will not be left behind. Their names, addresses and other contact information are collected and a date scheduled to hand over their grants.

The Government intends to disburse some $3.4 billion to 136,000 households in the Region.