Former Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Chairman for Region Two Alli Baksh passed away on Thursday around 12:55 hours. He died at his Cotton Field home after suffering from a prolonged illness. He was 70 years old at time of his death.
The father of four served as Regional Chairman for almost two decades and under his stewardship achieved many things for the Region. During his time as Regional Chairman he managed to bring a branch of the Guyana School of Agriculture to Essequibo, establish the Essequibo Technical Institute as well as provide a place for Amerindians whenever they visited the Essequibo Coast.
Baksh served faithfully as an executive member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as well as a Member of Parliament.
Relatives who spoke with this publication said even as Baksh was home he had the country’s welfare at heart and would usually run through the daily newspapers to see what was happening.
Another relative said he was a true believer of Islam and as such used the teachings to serve others.
Baksh’s brother- in- law Shankar Persaud, described him as a very understanding and courageous individual. Several well wishers from different districts along Essequibo Coast also extended condolences to his relatives. Many of them still remember some of his teachings and said that memories of him will forever live on.
Baksh also served as a Justice of Peace and counsel to many families.
PPP profoundly saddened by the passing of Ally Baksh
The PPP has since expressed its condolences to the man’s family and friends.
Below is the full text of a condolence message from the PPP, issued on Thursday afternoon:
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is deeply saddened over the passing of its former Executive and longstanding Member and Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture, Comrade Ally Baksh after a brief illness. He has given years of yeoman service to the Party and his selfless efforts in the struggle to return freedom to Guyana remains a hallmark of his long and distinguished political career.
Hailing from Essequibo, Comrade Baksh served loyally in various capacities within the PPP including Party Supervisor and Member of the Central and Executive Committees. He dedicatedly served Region 2 for many years and during his tenure as Regional Chairman he worked assiduously to help improve the lives of residents through the development of the social and physical infrastructures.
From November 2011 to May 2015, he dedicatedly executed the duties as Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture vastly assisting in delivering the mandate of the PPP/Civic government of providing better environment for all Guyanese farmers and increased markets for their produce. His knowledge of what was needed in the communities was a valuable asset in his service to the country.
The PPP is grateful that Comrade Baksh was part of its structure and for his invaluable contribution to the development of the Party and Guyana. He will be profoundly missed.
Our Party and its General Secretary would like to extend deepest condolences to his immediate family, relatives and friends following his demise.