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President Anthony Carmona shares a light moment with Gillene Mc Dowell,
teacher at Success Laventille Secondary School and student Jael Mc Lean
after they received the first prize of the RBC young leaders debate during
yesterday's awards ceremony at the National Academy for Performing Arts,
Port-of-Spain. More than 1,000 students from 59 secondary schools took
part in the exercise on topics which included social issues, such as rape,
school violence and cyber-bullying. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Assuring that the economy is
on solid ground and growing,
Minister of Finance and the Econ-
omy Larry Howai says the Gov-
ernment wants an extra $2 bil-
Speaking in the House of Rep-
resentatives yesterday, Howai said
the funds are for "urgent and crit-
ical recurrent and capital expen-
diture up to September 2013."
The money would be spread
across several ministries, most of
it for personnel expenditure and
because it involved salary adjust-
ments of just under $1.8 billion,
every ministry was involved, Howai
The three largest heads of
expenditure requesting supple-
mentary funds, other than per-
sonnel expenditure, are the Min-
istries of the People and Social
Development, Housing, Land and
Marine Resources and National
For the Ministry of the People
and Social Development, there was
a request of over $210 million in
additional funds "to meet the pay-
ment of social grants to the end
of fiscal 2013," the minister said.
This ministry got a budgetary
allocation of over $3 billion for the
2012/2013 fiscal year.
The Ministry of Housing, Land
and Marine Affairs required the
additional resources of over $142
million "to facilitate expenditure
under the community-based Envi-
ronmental Protection and
Enhancement Programme," Howai
"The funds are needed for the
expansion of beautification and
landscaping facilities, the engage-
ment of four additional contractors
and the continued development
of staff with an emphasis on train-
ing," he said.
The Ministry of Housing was
allocated over $3 billion in the last
In the Ministry of National
Security, additional funding of over
$203 million was required to sup-
plement transfers and subsidies
and in order to replenish its Strate-
gic Services Agencies allocation
which was utilised to make an
interim payment for the training
and maintenance support pro-
gramme, arising out of the acqui-
sition of four BW139 medium twin
turbine helicopters, Howai said.
The funds are also needed to
strengthen the disaster prepared-
ness and mitigation capacities of
the Office of Disaster Preparedness
and Management in readiness for
the hurricane season.
Further, the funds are also to be
used for the payment of arrears to
the Telecommunications Services
of T&T for the roll-out of CCTV
cameras and for the Hoop of Life
The National Security Ministry
got $5.5 billion in the budget.
Howai said the supplemental
funds are being sought through
the Finance Supplementary Appro-
priation Financial Year 2013 Bill.
The Finance Committee of the
House met last Monday and all
the details of the proposals were
circulated to all members and dis-
cussed, he said.
During the meeting various
issues were raised by members and
responses were circulated and fur-
ther explanations will be given by
selected members during the
Govt wants $2b more
Howai: Several ministries will benefit
Health Minister Fuad Khan has
ordered the management of the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital to keep Sea
Lots accident victim Ryan Rampersad
hospitalised for as long as he needs
He has also ordered the North West
Regional Health Authority to probe
who gave the order to discharge Ram-
persad, 20, although he is still in need
of critical care.
The news brought relief to his mother
Pearl James, who said yesterday she
believed her son would walk, talk and
play with his children one day although
he has been left paralysed from the
neck down since the February 24 acci-
dent, which left three people dead.
James said doctors had indicated her
son was 98 per cent paralysed and had
suffered brain damage. She said doctors
said they had done all they could for
She said doctors at the hospital had
told them last week they were dis-
charging Rampersad yesterday but after
it was reported in the media, hospital
authorities said that was not so when
the family visited him yesterday.
"They (doctors) told us last week
they were discharging him but after
the news came out they denied that
this was the case," she said.
In the report yesterday, Khan said
he intervened and insisted that Ram-
persad be given good care.
Even so, James yesterday questioned
the type of care her son was receiving.
"This morning I had to ask the nurse
to check his bed sores as they were
oozing and the nurse told me they
checked it once a day or once every
James said last week when she visited
her son, she found him choking on
mucus from a cold.
"He needs care. He just needs care
and we are not seeing the care being
given. We sometimes have to run down
doctors from floor-to-floor."
She said she believed Rampersad s
body needed time to heal.
Up until yesterday, James said her
son s wife, Sally Ann, and two chil-
dren---Naomi and Nyron---had not
received any financial assistance. (KC)
Leader of the Oppo-
sition Dr Keith Rowley
says the Cabinet deci-
sion to pay $6.8 million
to retrieve a crashed
firetruck remains a
He spoke during yes-
terday s House of Rep-
resentatives debate on a
government motion to
increase the 2012/13
budget by $2.9 billion.
He told legislators the
entire matter was mad-
On June 4, the T&T
Guardian reported exclu-
sively on the November
2012 Cabinet decision to
pay the money for a
firetruck that crashed
along the North Coast.
He said Cabinet min-
isters agreed to that deci-
sion "with their eyes
wide open" and every
citizen was scandalised
by the decision.
He said that matter
was only the thin end of
the wedge in the Gov-
ernment s operations.
Rowley insisted it was
madness for the Govern-
ment to tell the popula-
tion it was a good deal
firetruck would have
been close to $40 million.
In his contribution,
Rowley also said the
Government was claim-
ing the economy was
growing but not telling
the nation that the public
debt also was increasing.
He said the public debt
in 2010 was just over $39
billion and it was esti-
mated to increase to over
$60 billion in 2013.
According to Rowley,
the external debt
increased from $8.7 bil-
lion in 2010 to an esti-
mated $17 billion this year
and the contingency debt
increased from $22 billion
in 2010 to an estimated
$32 billion in 2013.
Rowley said the aver-
age citizen did not believe
Finance Minister Larry
Howai when he said the
economy was growing
under the PP Govern-
Firetruck decision was
madness, says Rowley
Fuad: Accident victim
must stay in hospital
Some of the additional
funds are for:
• Ministry of National Security:
• Police Service: Over $661
• Ministry of the People and
• Housing, Land & Marine
Affairs: $142 million.
• Local Government: $257
• Works and Infrastructure:
• Food Production: Over $74
• Personnel Department:
• Ministry of Finance and the
• Ministry of Legal Affairs: $10
• Education: $314,676,100.
• Labour: $7,568,000.
• Planning and the Economy:
Over $17 million.
• Sport: Over $69 million.
• Environment and Water
Resources: $97 million.
• Tertiary Education and Skills
Training: $190 million.
• Tobago House of Assembly:
• Tobago Development: Over $2
• The Judiciary: Over $10
• Ministry of Justice: Over
Finance Minister Larry Howai in
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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