Govt approves $2.5B in supplementary spending in the National Assembly

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The National Assembly late last evening approved a supplementary provision on the current and capital estimates totalling $2.5B for the period January 01 to December 31, 2017.

The extra budgetary funding includes:

  • Ministry of Agriculture-$730.640M

-Flood Risk Assessment Project: construction of three pump stations, continued rehabilitation of the East Demerara Water Conservancy

-Rural Agricultural Infrastructure Development Project-rehabilitation of the pump station at Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD.)

-Sustainable Agriculture Development Project-resources associated with an agriculture census

  • Ministry of Business-$197M

-Works on the Lethem Industrial Estate development

  • Ministry of Public Infrastructure-$520M

-Sea Defence at Rotterdam-Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and at Cottage   Mahaicony.

-The Bagotsville Main Access Public Road

-Rehabilitation of MV Sandaka

  • Ministry of Public Health-$98.3M

-Procurement of platelepheresis machine for the National Blood Bank

-Procurement of a Mammography machine for the National Blood Bank.

  • Ministry of Legal Affairs-$116.3M

-Provision for the establishment of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA)

  • Ministry of Public Security-$765M

-The establishment of the National Anti-Narcotic Agency

-Prisons: construction of temporary holding facilities at the Lusignan Prison; cleanup at the site at Camp Street Prison, refurbishment of the dormitory among others.

  • Public Service Appellate Tribunal-$22M

-Provision for salaries and allowances

-Purchase of office equipment and furniture

  • Public Procurement Commission-$62M

-Provision for salaries and allowances and charges such as rent, security, electricity and water

-Purchase of equipment, a vehicle, computers, equipment

  • Region 10: Upper Demerara/Upper Berbice-$2.6M

-Purchase of a roller

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