‘Gov’t is slack’ – Granger says on last minute signing of Budget

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By Fareeza Haniff

Opposition Leader, David Granger
Opposition Leader, David Granger

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Leader of the main Opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – David Granger is of the view that the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is a ‘slack government’ for waiting until the last minute to sign the Appropriation Bill into law.

Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds in his capacity as Acting President, assented to the Appropriation Act 2014 on April 30, while President Donald Ramotar was attending a summit in Mexico.

“It is astonishing that the President actually left the country without signing it,” Granger told a news conference on Friday, May 02.

He added, “It means they’re slack…this is something that needs to be done between 24 – 48 hours because the government is not authorized to spend unless the Bill is assented to.”

The assent of the Appropriation Act ratifies the 2014 budget. As a result of the one seat majority by the combined Opposition in Parliament, expenditure of some $37.4 billion was cut from the National Budget, which initially totalled $220 billion.

 

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