Georgetown, Guyana - Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai is encouraging Nappi and Parishara villagers to draft development plans for sustainable projects in order to boost their communities.
According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) press release Sukhai held consultations with the villagers last week. She told residents to think of projects that will generate income and to share ideas with their respective village councils. The minister told the residents that President Bharrat Jagdeo has set up a $150M grant for the development of Amerindian communities. According to GINA $500,000 has been allocated to small communities, $700,000-$1,000,000 for medium and $1.2M for large communities and in order to access the sums residents needed to develop community plans. She said too the president has pledged to disburse a similar sum from January.
Sukhai’s ministry collaborates with regional democratic councils to ensure that Amerindians are benefiting from state services. She told the village councils that her ministry addresses matters such as education, health, training and social and economic issues. The minister said too the Amerindian Act has empowered the village councils “to manage, govern, and solve issues at the local level” therefore it is imperative that villagers ensure that the councils are being run effectively. Sukhai told the gathering that the first step in resolving issues lies with them as they need to inform the village councils and toshaos about the issues affecting them.