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A well-known Hindu palm read-
er and United States citizen was
shot dead at his San Fernando
home on Monday night, while on
vacation in T&T.
Mahadeo Jerrybandhan, 74, who
lived in Key West, Florida, was
staying at his home on Cooper
Street, San Fernando, when he was
Jerrybandhan s daughter-in-law,
Sharlene Motoo, who spoke to the
T&T Guardian, said on the night
he was killed he was preparing to
observe Pitri Paksha, a 15-day peri-
od when Hindus pay homage to
"He was sitting in the gallery
with some of his nephews and
grandsons," said Motoo. "They were
preparing a hole in the yard to offer
water, when they left to come back.
Motoo said she was in her bed-
room when she heard a loud noise.
"I heard a noise, as though
something fell on the galvanise,"
she said. "Then I heard my aunt
screaming that there was a bandit
in the yard."
Motoo said family members went
outside but did not see anyone. A
search for Jerrybandhan led them
to the bathroom, where they found
him with a gunshot wound to the
"I asked for him because I knew
he was in the gallery, but when we
looked, we found him in his bath-
room," said Motoo. "We don t know
if someone came to steal and he
recognised them, so they killed him.
We re not sure."
Motoo said although the family
was accustomed to hearing gun-
shots in the neighbourhood, they
never expected to hear one in their
"All the time we can hear gun-
shots around us, but to have it come
home is different, it is shocking."
Nothing was missing from the
house, Motoo said, and the family
was puzzled over Jerrybandhan s
death. She also sought to dispel
rumours that the killing was drug-
"That is absolutely untrue. Our
family is not involved in those
things," said Motoo.
She described Jerrybandhan as
a talkative, entertaining person and
the perfect role model. She said he
had been a maths teacher, who
taught at the Penal Junior Second-
ary School before retiring.
Jerrybandhan is survived by his
three children and six grandchil-
PC Sookdeo from the Southern
Homicide Division is investigating.
Hindu palm reader killed
Palm reader and US citizen
Mahadeo Jerrybandhan, who was
on vacation in T&T, was shot at his
home in Cooper Street, San
Fernando, on Monday.
Political analyst Dr Winsford James
says the 2015 budget was intended
to appease the population in the light
of abuses the Government has com-
mitted over the years.
And James says the measures pro-
posed for the most vulnerable, if man-
aged successfully over the next 11
months, could benefit the People s
Partnership in next year s parliamentary
James spoke with the T&T Guardian
in a brief telephone interview yester-
According to James, the "package
of reliefs" in the $64.4 billion budget,
which includes the $500 monthly baby
grant for low income mothers; the
increase in the minimum wage from
$12.50 to $15 an hour; and the increase
in old age pension "speaks to the most
disadvantaged and least financially able
and those people will be kindly dis-
posed to the person or party giving
the reliefs in the next general election."
He said, however, during the elec-
tion, citizens might consider whether
the PNM would give such reliefs if it
were elected to govern the country.
James said the PNM must be careful
not to make injudicious criticisms about
the measures. The political analyst said
there had never before been a budget
that was so lavish in its offerings to
the most vulnerable. "It is an election
He said the Government made sure
that many professionals were "not
touched" in the budget as there was
no loss in wages and salaries via any
tax measure. That, he argued, was to
ensure the fiscal package was not irri-
tating to people, was inoffensive and
did not add to the Government s woes.
He said that was an indication of "how
badly the Government needs to stay
He said the reliefs were being funded
from traditional revenue collected from
oil and gas and other miscellaneous
taxes, as diversification of the economy
remained only talk, with no positive
results so far.
James said an independent per-
formance audit of the previous budget
should be done by the Economics
Department at the St Augustine cam-
pus of the University of the West Indies.
The Government could talk repeat-
edly about its wish list, he said, but
"no one can truly say what has been
achieved in the last budget. No one
can say for sure what targets have been
Govt relief package 'an election gimmick'
Former head of the public
service Reginald Dumas says
the 2015 budget left him dis-
appointed as it was not pre-
sented against the background
of a policy framework and phi-
Dumas was asked to comment
on the $64.4 billion fiscal pack-
age presented on Monday.
He said while it was an "elec-
tion budget with goodies every-
where," the measures must be
contained in an overall policy
framework, which would guide
the philosophy of development.
Dumas said, however, that cit-
izens would be "grateful" for
some of the measures outlined.
Among the main features of
the budget was a $500 monthly
payment to mothers of new
babies with incomes of less than
$3,000 a month, an increase in
old age pension and an increase
in the minimum wage to $15.
He commented that because
there was no budget philosophy
the document was presented in
Political analyst Dr Winsford James
Former head of the public service
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