Govt. asks Parliament for additional $6.2B
– includes funding for Wartsila project, four-lane East Coast extension
Government has moved to the National Assembly for an additional $6.2B to cover several projects including the 15.6mw Wartsila electricity upgrade project at Kingston and the four-lane highway from Better Hope to Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara.
The Supplementary Provision, tabled by the Ministry of Finance during a sitting of the National Assembly yesterday, will see $20M going to the assistance of Japan for its earthquake recovery efforts; $27M for outstanding payments to workers of the Linden Municipality for the period 1999-2010 and the almost $36M representing subsidies for several Ministry of Agriculture organizations, including to farmers affected by the La Nina conditions.
The Office of the President will be getting $11M for security equipment; the Agri Ministry $510M for procurement of four excavators and drainage works at the Aurora Land Development and assistance for farmers and households affected by recent rains.
In excess of $720M will be also going to the Ministry of Public Works for the rehabilitation of the Cane Grove road, and the highway between Parika and Vreed-en-Hoop in the West Coast Demerara area. Several roads in the city and at Linden are also to be financed from this provision.
Several schools countrywide are also to receive computers and other accessories for their labs to the tune of $280M.
The Minister of Housing and Water has asked for $252M for the improvement of hinterland water supply, and the Ministry of Health has requested $120M for the construction of an inpatient facility at the National Psychiatric Hospital, Canje.