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Acting Prime Minister Prakash
Ramadhar says plans are under
way to do away with the manda-
tory life certificates people before
they can obtain their pensions.
He was speaking at yesterday s
official opening of the Registrar
General s Department at Devenish
The department would make
the lives of Arimians easier as they
would no longer have to journey
to and from Port-of-Spain to
obtain important documents,
including those relating to births,
death, marriage and divorce,
Describing the life certificates
as "demeaning," Ramadhar com-
mented, "I find it deeply embar-
rassing that you have to prove
you re alive to obtain your pension.
I find that a demeaning quality
and has got to be removed."
The issue was raised by Port-
of-Spain North/St Ann s West
MP Patricia McIntosh during a
joint select committee meeting
in Parliament three weeks ago.
McIntosh also complained that
she too was one of those people
who was forced to submit a life
Ramadhar said he was partner-
ing with various ministries and
the National Insurance Board (NIB)
to make information on births and
deaths readily available. This, he
added, would assist in removing
the life certificate process.
Saying it was a simple procedure
which could be easily linked via a
database Ramadhar said this was
expected to come on stream by
the end of the year.
He said his ministry was also
working closely with the Central
Statistical Office (CSO) to modernise
how the census would be taken.
MP for Arima Rodger Samuel,
who also spoke, described Arima
as a "hub of development," saying
the borough was in dire need of
an immigration office and the gov-
ernment was vigorously pursuing
the idea, as it recognised Arima
had expanded tremendously over
Another area carded for devel-
opment, Samuel said, was the
Arima District Hospital, which was
soon to offer same-day surgery
On the issue of an immigration
office, Ramadhar said the Gov-
ernment was also pushing the idea
so one could be implemented as
soon as possible.
Also in attendance were Jairam
Seemungal, MP for La
Horquetta/Talparo, and Arima
mayor George Hadeed, a former
The mother of a three-month-old
baby boy yesterday thanked a San
Fernando magistrate for helping her
kick her cocaine addiction.
With her sleeping baby strapped to
her chest, Andrea Moraldo, 37,
expressed her gratitude to Magistrate
Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds when she
reappeared in the Sixth Court.
The magistrate commended Moral-
do on her efforts, saying she looked
healthier and stronger every time she
appeared before her.
"Thanks to you...You gave me the
confidence and motivation to go for-
ward," said Moraldo.
The magistrate told her she was
making the changes for herself.
Moraldo said: "Yes, but if it was
not for you I would not have been as
firm as I am today."
Moraldo, who is unemployed and
renting, has also decided to take up
residence at Serenity Home in Point
"It s the best decision I could make,"
Last November Moraldo had plead-
ed guilty to possession of seven
grammes of cocaine, but Ramsumair-
Hinds suspended her sentence and
ordered Moraldo to attend rehabili-
The magistrate also told attorney
Shaun Teekasingh to help Moraldo by
getting social services involved and
helping her apply for a national ID
However, one of the problems was
that Moraldo did not have a cellular
Reminding her that she also received
help from her place of worship and
the police, the magistrate told Moraldo
she still had a long way to go.
Moraldo said she had got a phone.
Ramsumair-Hinds was hopeful that
at the next hearing she will have the
probation officer s report so she can
The matter was adjourned to Feb-
Prakash: New system coming soon...
Acting Prime Minister and Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, right, is accompanied by Arima MP
Rodger Samuel, from left, Arima mayor George Hadeed, Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Lincoln Douglas,
La Horquetta/Talparo MP Jairam Seemungal and wife to cut the ribbon at yesterday's official opening of the
Registrar General's Department in Arima. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Mom thanks magistrate for
help in kicking cocaine habit
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