Come November 26, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo wants to be blown away by a National Budget that “restores” the many goodies he says the coalition government has taken away from the people of Guyana.
In addition, at a recent press conference, Jagdeo said that he also wants to see corrective measures in the Budget that can help to bring down back the cost of living, which he said keeps climbing under the rule of the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) government.
Jagdeo told the media that he wants to see the “restoration of the water subsidy for pensioners and a restoration of $10,000 grants for school children.
Further, under the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) government, members of the disciplined services were treated to two bonuses per year. These law men referred to this as “double salary.” The APNU+AFC government took this away from the disciplined services whose members already complain about the low salaries they receive. Jagdeo wants to see the return of this feature.
He also wants the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) from water, electricity and medical services.
Jagdeo told the media too that there should be a reduction of excise tax on fuel so that gas can be made cheaper at the pumps.
The Opposition leader also called for a restoration of two percent final tax for miners, a reversal of fees for University of Guyana and the reversal of an increase in land and water charges by the Mahaica, Mahaicony, Abary/Agriculture Development Agency (MMA/ADA).
Jagdeo also said that he wants to see provisions in the Budget that caters for more work to be done on the front of Constitutional Reform.
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