October 31, 2014
PM’s plans go into 2015

A number of initiatives started in 2014 are going to be continued in the upcoming year, with more to be introduced by the Ralph Gonsalves led administration.{{more}}

In his Independence address to the nation on Monday, October 27, at the Victoria Park, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that more assistance will be given to farmers and the housing and rehabilitation programmes that commenced this year will be strengthened.

“I am now finalizing an order for a further six million dollars for building materials, including a provision for materials with which to commence in January 2015, the Lives to Live Housing Programme, of timber construction to cater for persons with physical and other disabilities. We have to take care of them very specially.

“I assure the hardworking and deserving farmers that the current six million dollars soft loan programme through the Farmers Support Company will be buttressed by a further six million dollars for the year 2015, which I plan to front loan so the farmers can get the money earlier up in the year.”

The Prime Minister further announced that the Support for Education and Training (SET) programme will continue in the upcoming year, for recent graduates of colleges and universities.

The Prime Minister reminded listeners that as recently as the week before, 11 national scholarships, three exhibition scholarships and six bursaries had been distributed.

“Our nation is on target to secure at least one university graduate on average per household by 2025.

“The poor and the working people, along with others, are now going to university in numbers that they couldn’t dream of 15 years ago….”

The Prime Minister also announced that he would give further information on a five-year, 50 million rehabilitation/construction programme for government buildings in Kingstown, scheduled to start next year, as part of an urban development plan for the country’s capital. (JJ)