North neglected, claims Chand

Parmod Chand. Picture: FILE

NATIONAL Federation Party parliamentarian and Labasa businessman Parmod Chand believes the 2018-2019 National Budget fails to represent development projects in the North.

Responding to the Government’s National Budget in Parliament, Mr Chand said road conditions had been neglected in the North.

“Madam Speaker, this budget does not represent many of the things that need to be done in the Northern Division. I come from the Northern Division, we are severely neglected with road conditions in the rural areas,” he claimed.

“Electricity supply — I remember in the last budget, there was a budget provision for electricity from Seaqaqa school right to Solove, it has not been done, it was simply not done.

“It was in the budget, finance was there, it was not done and this is how things roll over.

“A budget means when you have a project, when you have a program, it should be done within that fiscal year.

“It is very important and singing praises here, condemning other people and doing all these things will not achieve much.”

Mr Chand said Labasa needed a bypass road.

“The Labasa people have been crying out for ages for a bypass road,” he said.

“We know there is an allocation. There is an allocation, I understand, but what I am saying is that it is very important that what we bring in the budget, what we propose, those things need to be done.

“Madam Speaker, it is important for us to understand this. There are a lot of things to be done.”

Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Mr Chand to read the budget.

Mr Chand told him that he had read the budget.

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