Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Anand Persaud says the Ministry’s promise to increase subventions to the 70 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) could be fulfilled through the 2021 National Budget.
He told the Department of Public Information that each NDC had received $5 million to complete their 2020 programmes, which would allow the Ministry to make representation for the increases.
“We need and we have to improve on all of the communities throughout this country, for five years they were left unattended,” the Minister said. He added that the Ministry of Finance’s Budget Committee would, however, have the final say on the increases, subject to the availability of funds.
Minister Persaud stressed that this approach taken by the Ministry was in keeping with President Mohammed Irfaan Ali’s vision to promote greater empowerment by local organs to manage their respective areas properly.
It was noted that support would be provided to Local Government bodies to manage their resources better and assume greater responsibility for the infrastructure of their communities.
Additionally, the Minister said the government had adopted a networking approach to involve every Ministry as it relates to residents’ concerns about agriculture, education or health. This approach, he explained, will enhance the operations of the NDCs through the various programmes to be implemented.