Craig Mandir to assist in community development and social cohesion
The Guyana Jyoti Association on March 10, 2018 held a small ceremony to mark the commencement of construction of a new Mandir to be established in the village of Craig, East Bank Demerara.
In attendance were Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting President, Hon. Carl Greenidge, Minister of Social Protection, Hon. Amna Ally, Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Hon. Jaipaul Sharma, former President, Mr. Donald Ramotar, members of the opposition and other stakeholders.
Hon. Carl Greenidge said, “Guyana as a multi-cultural society needs to continue to embrace diversity; especially in the way it markets itself internationally”. The Minister commended the Jyoti Assocition for its dedication to ensuring religion and culture remains evident in Guyana; seeing that religion and culture plays a significant role in Guyana.
Minister Amna Ally – Minister of Social Protection, said she recalls the group first approaching her during her appointment as Minister of Social Cohesion and since then they have continued to persist to ensure that the building the of Craig Mandir is realized. The vision behind this venture is to assist in the fostering of social cohesion while developing the community and its peoples.
As a part of the launch there was a cultural presentation and the ceremonial breaking of a water coconut on the soil.
Members of the Association and other persons present, applauded the Government for its continued support.