budget 2018/2019

AT least $60 million has been allocated to the Ministry of Local Government in 2020 so it can hire, clothe and arm hundreds of police officers in the 14 municipal corporations.

In yesterday’s Standing Finance Committee, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said the increase in the allocation of $20.23 million for salaries and allowances to the Ministry of Local Government was primarily for salaries and allowances for municipal police.

“They (the Ministry of Local Government) are recruiting (municipal officers) at this time,” he said, adding that the recruitment of the 1,400 municipal officers was being done through the Ministry of Local Government.

He was responding to questions from Caroni Central MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie.

Imbert also said the allocation of $12.5 million under the expenditure item-uniforms-was to outfit the municipal police officers.


Satnarayan Maharaj left an indelible mark on Trinidad and Tobago through his bravery, courage, fight for justice and achievements. Maharaj, 88, secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) died on Saturday after suffering a stroke on November 7.

Satnarayan Maharaj was yesterday likened to late freedom fighter Martin Luther King by Prof Selwyn Cudjoe. Cudjoe was speaking at Maharaj’s funeral service held at Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College, St Augustine.

“Ram Naam Satya Hai!” The chant, which means “the name of God is true”, rose as the body of Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) secretary-general Satnarayan “Sat” Maharaj was gently placed on the burning pyre at the Caroni Cremation site yesterday.

THE country has to get serious about tax collection and healthcare delivery. This was the message from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, as he emphasised the importance of taxes for purposes such as healthcare during the sod-turning cere­mony for the new Central Block at the Port of Spain General Hospital yesterday.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has rubbished arguments by the Opposition that Government is again seeking to violate the constitutional right of every citizen to bail, through its proposed amendment of the Bail Bill 2019.