Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering has moved to dismiss chatter suggesting that government’s Recovery and Development plan is a ploy to get re-elected.
Remarks coming out of the public space are that the National Democratic Party administration is trying to fast-track recovery initiatives in time for the next general election.
But, Dr Pickering said that is far from true.
“This whole Recovery and Development plan is going to take a couple of years. It’s not something the government trying to rush for an election or anything like that. It has to be done coordinated and within a sustainable way and only time can help us to get that,” he said while calling for the support from the public.
“Nobody has written a manual to say when you have a ‘category 7’ hurricane this is what you should do to recover … That’s why we need everybody on board. We need people to be supportive. Criticism is important but we want constructive criticism, not destructive criticism,” added Dr Pickering at a public meeting in the Third Electoral District this week.
Plan looks like a campaign manifesto
During the said meeting, Third District representative Julian Fraser called for the recovery aspect of the plan to be separated from the development aspect so residents don’t confuse the current plan as an election manifesto for government.
He said: “I believe strongly that we need a recovery plan. I have problem when it comes to the development section of the plan … We need to put the brake on that area.”
“I think this whole plan needs to be broken into two different sections where this development area is one that is treated with a lot of care and protection because it can be viewed as an election campaign model. It can be viewed as a manifesto for a party, the government, and all the rest of them,” Fraser said.
Barring any snap elections, the next general election is slated for 2019.
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