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Opposition Member, Komal Chand, says that he is deeply disappointed that House Speaker, Dr. BartonOpposition Member, Komal ChandScotland, on Thursday, refused to approve his motion for a debate over Government’s decision to close the Wales Estate.Chand,Fc Barcelona Tienda Espa?a, who is also President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union, (GAWU),Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, had called for the other items placed on the agenda of the House to be adjourned to facilitate the impromptu debate.He told the Members of the National Assembly that a substantial number of sugar workers and their families, and thousands of others,Cheap Jerseys 2018, who depend on this facility for their livelihood, will be placed on the breadline because of this move by Government.He said that it is a move that will have dire economic consequences. He said that the motion is important; it was being moved to cause the government to reverse its decision to close the estate.Chand said that the motion was one which requires urgent or immediate attention, since this announcement to close the estate was made by the Ministry of Agriculture just a few days ago.“When it was announced, it had a rippling effect on not only the sugar workers, but the thousands of people in the community and so on…This is contrary to what we were told, and what was expected from the government when they took office.“The workers in that area felt betrayed by this decision. This matter strikes to the root of the people of that area, and even beyond, as many close communities are worried about it. There should be no objection to this. We must take into consideration the message we will be sending to the people should the motion be ignored,” the Opposition member asserted.Despite his seemingly compelling arguments, the Speaker made it clear that such requests for the House to be adjourned should fulfill three absolute requirements as outlined in the Standing Orders. He said that such requests should be definite, urgent and of public importance.Dr. Scotland said that the request by Chand only fulfills two of the indispensable criteria—definite and of public importance.The House Speaker said,Manchester United Jersey Online, “Indeed the matter is a definite one and it is of public importance. But based on the reports we have seen, the closure of the Wales Estate will take effect at the end of the year. In that case, it does not fulfill the absolute requirement of being urgent.” The Opposition’s motion was subsequently denied.But Chand later informed the media that he disagrees with the House Speaker’s point that the matter is not an urgent one.He said, “The matter is most urgent in that immediate steps have been taken since the Ministry issued its statement on January 18, 2016 announcing the closure. For example, since the statement was issued approximately 800 acres of tilled land is left abandoned as the planting of canes is not permitted and allowed.“On January 20, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) informed GAWU and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) about the soon to come deployment of some workers to Uitvlugt Estate. Already, GuySuCo has moved the ploughing machines/tractors assigned to Wales Estate to Uitvlugt.“These and many other steps are being initiated so that the closure will be fully operationalized by the end of this year (2016).”Chand also noted that what makes the matter urgent is that the decision to close the estate flouts a fundamental and important recommendation of the report coming out of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the sugar industry. He noted that page 37 of Volume One of the Report says ”the COI does not recommend the closure of any estate at this time”.He noted that the CoI in reflecting on closure of estates at page 30 of Volume One of its report said ”They took into account the current state of the economy which lacks vibrancy, with awareness of the problems in the rice industry, the low market price of gold and the level of ‘unemployment’”“At page 31 the CoI report said,Wholesale Jerseys China, ”the effect of closing any estate without planning and adequate notice to cane farmers has serious consequences, not only for the employees and private farmers but for the communities as well”.The Opposition member said that the decision can be seen as an act of betrayal by the Government.He added, “GuySuCo advised GAWU at a recent meeting that those workers who will not be absorbed at Uitvlugt will be deployed to some new economic venture which will utilize the cultivation of Wales Estate. When GAWU queried what the new venture is all about what type of operations are envisaged, what are the employment requirements and if GuySuCo be the owner,Manchester United Jersey Online Uk, the Corporation’s representatives could not provide any answer.“Certainly, this does not in any way help to allay the fears of the workers and the communities. I must ask how is it that the Government endorsed such a decision which was devoid of any clear vision and which entails the utilization of the lands and the dislocation of hundreds of employees. The decision is clearly slipshod and hasty, something President Granger promised not to do…”
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