AG releases Solid Waste Management Bill after months of revision


By Kurt Campbell


Minister of Local Government, Ganga Persaud.
Minister of Local Government, Ganga Persaud.

[] – Local Government and Regional Development Minister Ganga Persaud on Friday (December 6) said his Ministry has taken note of the renewed calls for the development a national solid waste policy following the recent inundation of Georgetown.

He disclosed that the Ministry has since received the revised Solid Waste Management Bill from the Attorney General Chambers.

The Bill which was brought before the National Assembly in 2012 was sent to the AG’s chambers in early 2013 for further modification and clarification.

Minister Persaud told reporters that copies of the document have now been sent to Opposition Leader David Granger, Alliance For Change Leader Khemraj Ramjattan and the Shadow Minister of Local Government in A Partnership for National Unity, Ronald Bulkan.

He added that he has requested of the Parliamentarians that they analyse and read the document after which they will offer their comments.

Persaud said this in in an effort to reduce the difficulty in passing the Bill in the National Assembly when it is finally returned to the House.

The Solid Waste Management Bill seeks to establish a single authority at the national level that will enforce, make policies and decision, review and analyse the entire solid waste management system in the country.

Minister Persaud said that he does not perceive too much difficulty with regards to the Bill particularly in Parliament for the reason that some of the persons who worked on it are now members of the Opposition in Parliament and will be able to explain the contents to their party members.




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