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Chief executive officer of Community-Based
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Pro-
gramme (CEPEP) Adesh Deonarine says the com-
Genealogist Shamshu Deen says it is difficult to
determine the exact birthday of 110-year-old recently
deceased Sughari Jattan since she was not born in
Trinidad but in India.
"You will have to get those documents in India
and that was not a part of my research."
Deen said what he has is a copy of the colonial emi-
gration form from Calcutta which recorded Jattan s
entry into T&T to the Brechin Castle sugar estate. It
was from this he was able to ascertain her age, he said.
The document, dated June 23, 1908, called a "Girls
Emigration Pass", stated that Jattan, three at the time,
was fit to travel to Trinidad.
It said she "appeared with her guardian" to sail
on the Indus to Trinidad but listed her mother, Ram-
dai, as her closest kin.
Deen said Jattan would have turned four after she
arrived in Trinidad two months later. This would
make her 110 this year, he said.
But he added that, at her age, whether she was
109, 110 or 111, it did not really matter.
Jattan s birthday was celebrated on Indian Arrival
Day last Friday at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex where she was warded due to weakness
associated with her age.
Deen has a copy of Jattan s colonial emigration
form and said as a genealogist he loved the challenge
of proving his research with documented proof.
He said: "If this copy is not clear enough, as I shot
it about four years ago, please go to the National
Archives at the corner of New and St Vincent Streets,
Port-of-Spain, and ask for the ship register of the
Indus of 1908.
"Please turn to the consecutive numbers on the
top left hand of the page. The number for Sughari
birth date for
pany has never discriminated against
any area in the country because of
political or any other bias.
He was responding to statements
by the PNM councillor for Marabella
East, Arnold Soogrim, who said since
he assumed office in November 2013
CEPEP gangs have ceased all work in
certain parts of his electoral district
as a form of political victimisation.
Soogrim was speaking at a clean-up
and beautification exercise at King s
Wharf, San Fernando, on Tuesday.
He said the affected areas were
Boodoosingh Drive, Silk Cotton Road
and Claudia Street.
"When I came into office in
November, the CEPEP gang for a
number of streets were immediately
pulled. About 150 households were
affected and we were never given a
reason," he said.
He added that several CEPEP workers
who were living in the area informed
him they were told by the contractor
not to do work in that area.
Soogrim said despite efforts to con-
tact the regional office, nothing has
been done to date.
He added: "I visited the office of the
regional manager and he asked me what
the corporation does in terms of clean-
ing drains and cutting grass but Mara-
bella east falls outside of the city s
In an effort to alleviate the worries
of residents, Soogrim said a contractor
was contacted, via the city corporation,
but the labour supply was not enough
to deal with the incessant demands of
"We are currently on a drive to clean
up abandoned lots and deal with dilap-
idated buildings so the labour supply
is very restricted and residents are very
worried about flooding in the rainy
season," he said.
But Deonarine has labelled the accu-
sations "totally untrue."
He added: "We don t ever just stop
work on any area because of political
or any other bias. That statement is
absolutely not true."
He said he had received no reports
of any issues despite regular meetings
between the San Fernando City Council
and CEPEP Ltd.
"We meet with the council members
regularly and not once before have I
heard of this issue," said Deonarine.
"The problem here is the councillors
and regional corporation are not doing
He said in most instances CEPEP
was doing all the work and the corpo-
ration workers getting all the credit.
No political bias,
says CEPEP boss
These workmen ride cycle-like devices to undertake repair work to high tension wires at Waterloo, Carapichaima, yesterday.
PHOTO: VINDRA GOOPAUL BOODAN
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