“Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, says tens of thousands of jobs saved in 2019 national budget”

– Budget people centered

– Public Servants get pay increase

– More money for Agriculture

DPI, Guyana, Friday, December 7, 2018

It is difficult to make sense of this political “nihilism” … This is a statement by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo in response to the opposition’s rejection of the 2019 national budget.

During the budget debate, the opposition continuously described the budget as visionless and lacking in investments.

According to Prime Minister Nagamootoo, the opposition’s rejection is confusing as they seek to condemn the very thing, they wish to advocate … “jobs for citizens”

“The opposition during these debates say there are no jobs” …but the opposition opposes $16 Billion set aside for public servants …they condemn the very thing they are advocating for”. Prime Minister Nagamootoo said.  

The salary for public servants has increased; the new minimum wage is 60 thousand dollars. This is an increase of four thousand four hundred and forty-five dollars ($4,445)

  • Eight % for persons earning between GYD$55,555 to GYD$99,999;
  • Six % for those earning GYD$100,000 to GYD$299,999;
  • Five % for those earning GYD$300,000 to GYD$499,999;
  • Four % for those earning GYD$500,000 to GYD$699,999;
  • Two % for persons making GYD$700,000 to GYD$799,000
  • Half percent for those earning GYD$800,000 to GYD$1 million.

Prime Minister Nagamootoo went on to state that the budget will not only benefit public servants, but will also aide in the alleviation of food shortages, as much emphasis has been placed on agriculture development.

“Monies from the 300.7-billion-dollar budget ensures that the programmes in health, education, housing, water and security sectors are adequately funded, “jobs must be maintained” …. “In this budget, Agriculture will get a big boost, securing the livelihood of our farmers”. says the Prime Minister.

Felecia Valenzuela.

Photo: Keno George.

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