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Moonilal: $3,000 old-age pension coming

By CECILY ASSON Monday, July 12 2010

THIS FRIDAY, a Bill will be laid in the House of Representatives to return the country to the old age-pension system of state support for the elderly to revoke the existing old age grant and to ensure the increase in the pension to $3,000.

This was revealed by Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal to People’s Partnership supporters at a Local Government Elections campaign in Couva on Saturday evening.

Moonilal said the increase in pension was a campaign promise of the Partnership which won the May 24 General Election and is seeking another victory, this time at the July 26 Local Government Elections.

He said the Partnership had promised to change the grant to a pension within one month of entry into Parliament and “next week Friday will be one month.”

According to Moonilal, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has been asking why the Partnership has not been fulfilling campaign promises although several of the promises had already been fulfilled.

Because of Rowley’s questions, Moonilal said, “We will be dealing with him night after night.”

Also sharing the platform on Saturday night was Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod who accused Rowley of “trying to stir up” CEPEP and URP workers for a pay increase.

Mc Leod warned: “Nobody is going to hustle this Partnership Government to do what should have been done many years ago.We will do it and will do more than we have to do and is appropriate within the limitations of our resources. The whole story about the economy has not been told.” Mc Leod said the PNM had inflicted hardships on the nation and they were prepared to repair it however the Government had no intentions of sharing power with the PNM. “That is what Rowley wants. In other words, Rowley is saying you have central government...be satisfied with that nah! Let us go in unopposed in local elections. None of that Rowley!”

He said the PP was committed to ensuring that every corporation is won by the Partnership.

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