By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Budget 2015 debate took a turn for the ‘high road’ on Thursday when People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian, Dr Vindya Persaud stood to speak and sought to rap the APNU+AFC government on human rights and women issues.
A usually vocal Persaud noted her concern with the seeming exclusion of women from the 2015 Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan.
According to her, the word “women” was mentioned only three times during the budget presentation; however, a perusal of the budget showed that “women” was mentioned seven times, and “woman” was mentioned thrice.
“In the entire budget, the word women is mentioned thrice…we have been ignored…where is the equality? Where is the justice? Where is the humanity?” questioned the Parliamentarian.
Pointing to the crime situation in Guyana, Persaud stated that Guyanese are tired of the meaningless excuses being offered to them and would like the situation to be addressed with much alacrity.
“We are now looking over our shoulders when we open our doors to enter our homes because we know not what lurks there…persons have become deluged by paranoia…people have to swallow constant loss and move on every time they lose their small or large earnings’….Guyanese people need protection and they need it now,” said Persaud.
She also called for a fund to be established to deal with persons who are affected by robberies and violent crimes.