Gov’t establishes 174 Community Development Councils
The Government has established 174 Community Development Councils (CDCs) along the coastland as it focuses on strengthening the relationship between citizens and their elected officials.
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall said plans are also underway to establish CDCs in hinterland communities.
The Minister made this disclosure during community engagements in several Amerindian villages in Region Nine over the weekend.
“We would also like through the CDC, to have some levels of investments going directly into our communities,” Minister Dharamlall told DPI on the side-lines of a meeting in Karasabai.
He explained that the CDCs are also interest groups, which would be charged to enhance various aspects of community life such as the social, welfare and infrastructural components.
“We would like the residents in different villages to come out and support so that we can start rebuilding wholesome lives in our communities,” the Minister said.
Minister Dharamlall had prioritised forming CDCs, and within his first week in office, he pledged to revamp and transform the groups. At that time, he said the CDCs would improve communication among the local democratic organs.
The Minister’s hinterland community engagements, alongside regional officials, are designed to address the concerns and needs of citizens in the lead-up to the 2021 Budget.