Opposition Member of Parliament, Priya Manickchand on Thursday opened day four of the Budget Debates and immediately proceeded to describe the government’s 2018 fiscal plan as a “deh deh and checkbox budget.”
She surmised that the document was robotic in laying out a programme and plan for the development of Guyana and believes the budget is bare in addressing the issues and challenges faced by the country.
Manickchand said the government has failed, to date, to tell the nation what is its ideology and philosophy for Guyana, arguing that the former People’s Progressive Party government was clean on its vision for the nation.
Recalling the PPP’s performance in government, Manickchand said her party delivered development that benefited all groups of citizens, from young to old.
The PPP governed Guyana between 1992 and 2015.
Ms. Manaickchand said that the period of PPP rule saw reduced poverty and challenged the coalition government to continue to ensure that poverty is further reduced but hastened to point out that the 2018 budget was void of measure to support poverty reduction.
She boasted that the PPP had cut poverty by half during its term in office. “It means that all citizens of this country got a better standard of living regardless of who they were.”
“It is important that the government tells us what their philosophy is… the government does not have a plan and the budget did not present on.”
Turning her attention to the performance of the economy under the APNU+AFC, the PPP MP said there is a lack of a politically stable environment in which people feel comfortable to invest.
She said there are a number of reasons that continue to cause the economy to perform badly including the government’s incompetence and untrustworthy nature.
Added to that, the MP said the government needs to reverse the dumping years of democratic practices which brought stability to the country and become more business-friendly.
She urged the government to work with the opposition to craft and present a stimulus plan. “Where is the stimulus for a stagnant economy?” she asked.
Manickchand said most of the government’s policies and programs that are working are those that were started by the PPP while in government.