Oct 16, 2010 News
A group from the People’s Partnership, including politician and Chairman of Vision Guyana, Peter Ramsaroop, yesterday, staged a picketing exercise at the opening of the Parliament after the recess.
The protesters bore placards and they distributed flyers advocating for tax credit for working families.
The group has launched a campaign for a tax reduction for working-class families, saying it would ease the tax burden and stimulate the economy
Ramsaroop said that he was saddened at the agenda for the Thursday session. It does not include any economic relief for the people of the nation, he said.
He said that many of the government parliamentarians drove by the group and refused to take a flyer and were all in dark tinted vehicles.
He said that he wondered how the government can be representing the people of Guyana and yet be so inaccessible.
Ramsaroop added that there needs to be a bottoms up approach instead of the top down approach.
He added that ultimately the tax system needs to be reviewed and overhauled. Implementing a deduction for working-class families would bring needed relief to the over-taxed while resulting in a re-investment in the economy with the greater spending power that would be created.
The group is hoping that some elections year gimmicks be done by the ruling party and will see the increase in the tax threshold and the reduction in the Value Added Tax to about 10 per cent in order to get votes.
He said that he would welcome such an election gimmick as at the end of the day the people will benefit.
The protesting group included some energetic young people, from public servants to private sector employees.
“Our parliamentarians need to get to grass root issues and start representing the masses…They have lost touch on what really are the issues that should be on their agenda.”
Ramsaroop has been lobbying for a comprehensive tax overhaul for many years and says the burden on the working class is too much to bear when taxpayers money are being given to a few contractors making them richer while those same contractors pay the workers very low wages.
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